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11-01-2007, 12:29 PM
Ive been trying to find out what type of controllers are used in animatronics. Are they PLC's, Stamps, Ect...

For some reason I can not find anywhere that talks about this. I did see a brief view on a controller while watching one of the many halloween show on TV.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

02-13-2008, 10:01 AM
There are several different ways to control animatronics. It can be PC based or stand alone controllers. I personally use PC based control and have recently gotten into Basic stamps. Here is a brief list of products I have had experience with that may get you started. Hope this helps. If you browse the individual websites you'll find many more products.

PC control software

Servo controllers

Relay control
http://www.electronickits.com/kit/complete/elec/ck1601.htm (also known as the kit 74)

Stand alone basic stamp components

02-13-2008, 05:02 PM
Also check out www.frightprops.com (http://www.frightprops.com). They have all sorts of info on controllers, solenoid valves and pneumatics on their site.

02-14-2008, 06:21 AM
I personally use all EFX-tek controllers.

02-23-2008, 03:42 PM
In addition to our BASIC Stamp-based products (Prop-1 and Prop-2), we offer the Prop-SX (http://www.efx-tek.com/topics/prop-sx.html) which uses the high-power SX28 chip -- the same chip that is the "brain" in all of our accessories (e.g., FC-4, AP-8, etc.).

With the Prop-SX one is free to create high-power applications at a low price ($100, qty 1); things like lamp fading (in the middle of prop sequence), DMX and MIDI slaves, you can even use the Prop-SX as a smart node in a networked system. We're doing quite a lot with the Prop-SX, and more cool things are coming.

Jon Williams