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Animatronic Owl Project [message #51114] Tue, 10 July 2012 15:58 UTC Go to next message
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My name is Jonny,

Iv' been an undiscovered artist for many years.
most of my personal work involves character designs and concept games art, but i have a real passion for animatronics and robotics of which i have followed for many years.

cut the story short...
http://www.innerbreed.co.uk/

My project has been running for a while. The first few prototypes were all hand sculpted and cast in house in molds. but thanks to Shapeways 'i have a real opportunity to make this project take off.

This is an old image of some of the parts and so improvements have been made since.
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The final bird will be feathered professionally by the UK's leading taxidermist, Mike Gadd.

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ABOUT THE PROJECT

A brief description about the project...
A lot of research with raptors require to capture individuals to put on identifying leg bands, and may radio transmitters. Raptors can be very difficult to trap. One of the most efficient tools is to find an active nest. The adults raptors will usually be protective of their nestlings, and especially aggressive toward large birds, such as the hawk or owl. They use this behavior to facilitate capturing other hawks. Essentially, they will set up a net near the nest and place a lure in front of it. The hawks will swoop at the lure to try to chase it from the nest area and get captured in the net. It is a very effective trapping method, but there are several problems that a good animatronic lure would overcome.

The goal in building this project?...
Some researcher have made stuffed lure with heads that can be rotated with radio control. They do not work well, but I believe my animatronic hawk, would be a substantial leap in terms of trapping lures. The cocking of the head, opening of the beak, and for the future development i will make it spread its wings, then it would make it, I suspect, incredibly efficient in trapping raptors. I am certain that, if it was confirmed to work well, numerous researchers would be interested in forgoing the headaches of live lures and stuffed decoys by getting an animatronic. My goal is to successfully field test this idea.

How this project aims to solve problems...
There are several problems that a good animatronic lure would overcome. First, we have to have federal and state permits to use a live lure for this purpose. The lures are usually non-releasable rehabilitated birds with some injury (e.g., broken wing). Getting these permits is a very onerous task due to federal and state legal requirements. Second, because the lure is alive, we have to provide food and care for it, and protect it from environmental conditions such as cold, heat, direct sunlight, etc. Third, Animal Welfare Legislation in the United States (which is even more restrictive in the UK) has led to many institutions not allowing the use of a live lures for this purpose without substantial justification and oversight. This has led many researchers to use plastic scarecrow lures. However, these do not work well for trapping.

Working With Nature...
Life-like movements are critical for getting an aggressive response from hawks. I know the current hawk has a long way to go but as far as im aware there is nothing like this currently out there? The use of scarecrows or stuffed owls also may induce greater disturbance to the nesting hawks due to low aggression response but repeated disturbance due to the researcher trying to capture them repeatedly. This is also problematic when trapping in remote locations; you want the trap to work the first time after hauling all the equipment in to the site.

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Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #51115 is a reply to message #51114 ] Tue, 10 July 2012 16:00 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #51799 is a reply to message #51115 ] Tue, 24 July 2012 21:27 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I cannot thank Shapeways enough...
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Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #52596 is a reply to message #51114 ] Tue, 14 August 2012 22:26 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #52597 is a reply to message #51114 ] Tue, 14 August 2012 22:27 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #52607 is a reply to message #52597 ] Wed, 15 August 2012 09:17 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Very interesting work. i hope we will see a clip when the owl get alive Smile
Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #52637 is a reply to message #52607 ] Wed, 15 August 2012 16:25 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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hi, thanks for posting.

yes i hope to include a few videos while once its all rigged up to the controls.

post development videos (in its skeleton form) and also once its been feathered. Cool

i have a few concerns about the amount of space inside for the cables that activate the wings but ill get around this..


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Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #52719 is a reply to message #51114 ] Thu, 16 August 2012 16:00 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #52751 is a reply to message #52719 ] Fri, 17 August 2012 11:41 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Cool project!

keep us posted on those videos =)
Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #53888 is a reply to message #52751 ] Tue, 11 September 2012 17:38 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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some images from the latest assembly.

http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/2012-09-05152045.jpg
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/2012-09-05152314.jpg
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/2012-09-05152234.jpg
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/2012-09-05152144.jpg
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/underside-1.jpg

Electrical housing designed by a friend of mine @
http://www.shapeways.com/shops/DiaLFonZo-Copter
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/servocaseside.png
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/Innerbreed-Bird-Assembly-10-09-2012.jpg


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Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #54398 is a reply to message #51114 ] Sat, 22 September 2012 18:10 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/SAM_0672_zps7d6a7ff3.jpg
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/SAM_0673_zpsb7a626eb.jpghttp://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/SAM_0669_zps59cf66eb.jpg
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/SAM_0674_zps61397e97.jpg


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Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #54399 is a reply to message #54398 ] Sat, 22 September 2012 18:16 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Great progress! =)
keep ´em coming.

Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #54445 is a reply to message #54398 ] Mon, 24 September 2012 14:29 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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And a Test video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO-f7aXktyg&feature=plcp


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Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #54461 is a reply to message #54445 ] Mon, 24 September 2012 19:57 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Very nice!
quite smooth movements, very birdlike thing going on with the head looking around.
are you going to give him the feathery outfit soon ?
Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #54498 is a reply to message #54461 ] Wed, 26 September 2012 08:56 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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yes it will soon be feathered. one the programming has been done.

here is a better video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVPcXjKRJ6I


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Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #55381 is a reply to message #51114 ] Mon, 15 October 2012 13:34 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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The mech:

http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/2012-10-15104404.jpg
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/2012-10-15104507.jpg
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/2012-10-15104531.jpg
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/2012-10-15104545.jpg
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/2012-10-15122700.jpg
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/2012-10-15122725.jpg
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/2012-10-15130246.jpg


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Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #57497 is a reply to message #51114 ] Mon, 26 November 2012 16:24 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/afterfocus_1352473188239.jpg
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/Untitled-2.jpg


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Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #57503 is a reply to message #57497 ] Mon, 26 November 2012 18:21 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Damn that's a cool ambitious project you are working on!

keep the pictures coming!


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Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #57547 is a reply to message #57503 ] Tue, 27 November 2012 14:44 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Amazing project! This is very interesting and an incredible amount of work. I hope you can take it all the way to completion!

[Updated on: Tue, 27 November 2012 14:44 UTC]


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Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #57589 is a reply to message #57547 ] Wed, 28 November 2012 07:44 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Will be keeping an eye on this, very impressive work.

Looking forward to seeing it with feathers and final details, thats for sure Cool



Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #57598 is a reply to message #57589 ] Wed, 28 November 2012 12:22 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Woahhh - love it!

Did I spot Blender there? Wink

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Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #58509 is a reply to message #51114 ] Wed, 12 December 2012 21:02 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thank you all for your comments. I will be talking to my taxidermist early January regarding the feathering. i have made up two models (one is RC controlled and the other is autonomous) and i hope to get them both feathered.

@ bartv,
yes i have used blender to sculpt the head over the eye control mech so it fits perfectly. Wink

Just waiting for one tiny part from shapeways (Target ship date was today?) till i finish the second (RC) model.

Errm.. images, yes... just the new control case..
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/SAM_0767.jpg
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/SAM_0766.jpg
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/SAM_0764.jpg


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Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #60433 is a reply to message #58509 ] Sat, 19 January 2013 20:23 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Ok a date as been set for the next stage. We will begin in feathering process from 18th February.
This is great news for the project and im really looking forward to it.

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Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #69837 is a reply to message #51114 ] Fri, 14 June 2013 16:14 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Final Feathered armature to be presented soon. LOOK OUT... Very Happy


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Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #69960 is a reply to message #51114 ] Mon, 17 June 2013 14:56 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Please check out the wonderful work of Mike Gadd, who has feathered my mechanical armature.
I haven't yet fired it up due to time many as i need to sort out some power but so far here it is.
I already know there are a few mechanical constraints (as expected) but i will be working on another rig for mike that will hopefully make things easier for him and also better for the final performance.

BUT.. Check this out! Very Happy

http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/20130617_152138.jpg
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/20130617_152154.jpg
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/20130617_152203.jpg
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/20130617_152256.jpg
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/20130617_152313.jpg
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd355/innerbreed/20130617_152224.jpg


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Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #69980 is a reply to message #69960 ] Mon, 17 June 2013 19:50 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Incredible!!!

Fire it up and show us the video...
Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #69983 is a reply to message #69980 ] Mon, 17 June 2013 20:05 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Ok i was really wishing to perfect the motions and iron out some of the issues but...
ok
here is a quick dirty video and unfortunatly my video editing software isnt working and so the video is raw.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfXY15Clk-0

[Updated on: Mon, 17 June 2013 20:07 UTC]


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Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #70003 is a reply to message #69983 ] Tue, 18 June 2013 02:22 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Amazing! Keep up the great work! Surprised






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Wow, that's amazing!


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Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #70026 is a reply to message #51114 ] Tue, 18 June 2013 11:52 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thank you. All thanks to shapeways. Without you... well id of used another company but... lol
Now I must tell the world. Lol


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Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #87312 is a reply to message #51114 ] Fri, 04 April 2014 20:21 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Just thought id share a better video of this project..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKHHmV_sA-I


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Re: Animatronic Owl Project [message #87378 is a reply to message #87312 ] Sun, 06 April 2014 04:06 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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That's really cool. Nicely done.

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thank you. ok here is a better video. looks more natural.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17AEvXR4PRs


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