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  1. Hi everyone, I've been working on a new project. I'm creating a talking skeleton for the backseat of my car. Anyway with the project aside, does anyone know if there's a way to use a microphone or some sort of audio input to control the motion of a servo motor? If not I'm not worried about it, but definitely throw some ideas out here if you have any. Thank you
  2. After doing a little bit of digging I found a solution to my question. Hopefully this helps anyone else who's having similar issues http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/22161-servo-dog-power/
  3. I'm still fairly new to the servodog, but I've been reading the manual over and over and I'm learning as I go. I have a question that I figured someone would be able to help me with here. Do you need two power supplies in order to run the servodog controller? (1 for the board itself and 1 for the servos) Or can you just run everything on one power supply? And what terminals do I need to hook up the positive and negative power cords? Like I said before I'm still pretty new to this servodog game and any help would be very much appreciated. Thank you, Jacob
  4. I know Halloween is getting closer every day, but I ran into a question. I figured somebody with animatronic expertise could help me on this one. Okay so anyone know where you can still buy 3 axis skull kits? And are there any that don't include the skull? I'm in the process of making an animatronic Jack Skellington, but am a little lost on where to buy the supplies for the head motions. I'm making the head right now, so I guess even if I can't get the animatronics done in time I'll still have the rest of the prop ready for Halloween. Any help is very much appreciated. Thank you
  5. If only they had something a little more like this. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a7/House_on_the_Rock_self-playing_musical_instruments.jpg
  6. Ok, so let's say I go with Randy's suggestion and use the HS-645MG servos. I'm posting a link to the product on sevocity's website below. Now how do you know how many ma each servo uses? Is it just the current drain listed on the website? P.S. Thanks for all the input on servos guys. http://www.servocity.com/html/hs-645mg_ultra_torque.html#.U39VafldWul
  7. I know I've posted about wanting to get into building animatronics, but this year might just be the year for it. I have a couple of questions before making any major decisions though. From what I've read the servo dog seems to be fairly easy, but does it come with a power cord? If not where would I find one that will work with the servo dog controller? Also is there anyway to split the signal coming from the servo dog, so you can set up multiple servos on one channel? I'm really excited about getting started with this, and any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jacob
  8. I know I'm not really willing to spend $5,500.00 all on one thing, but does anyone know if this is a programmable device. What I mean is if you have sheet music would you be able to program the chimes to ring to the music, or is it just a stand alone device.
  9. Awesome job! I've been wanting to make one of these for a long time now, but haven't had the time. Would you be willing to post a tutorial of how you made this?
  10. Owl City - The Tip of the Iceberg Yeah Yeah Yeahs - All I Want For Christmas John Williams - Home Alone Theme I almost forgot to post the videos from this year lol. Enjoy
  11. Sorry I haven't been on the fourms in a long time now. Greg, I would love to see your leaping reindeer when you get them all up and running. I also want to wish you good luck on your lightshow. As a status update I've been stalling on this project, but so far I have 4 of the 12 total reindeer I need to make before the season starts. I should probably get back to programing as well considering I'm falling behind on this sort of thing. In the meantime I will have to get some photos of the reindeer I have so far, but they're starting to look awesome. Jacob
  12. They actually worked out very well. You might be able to see how they turned out in this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ajl5MHX7uY.
  13. We actually used florescent blue spray paint, and the body is made of a styrofoam head, cheesecloth, and wire coat hangers. Oh and the eyes are made of acorns.
  14. It was just the camera picking up the light in a weird way. I went with two LED spotlights that somewhat function as blacklights (it honestly looks much better in person), but to answer your question I actually didn't use a fluorescent black light this year. Anyway here's a picture of the flying crank ghost up close. Photo 1 Photo 2 There is some partially transparent, but close up video footage of the ghost at the beginning of Ghostbusters if you'd like to see it in action. Happy Halloween
  15. I had a few other sequences that didn't quite make it this season, but five isn't a bad number. Enjoy! Ghostbusters Call of the Zombie Breakfast Machine Dead Man's Party Vampire Hunters
  16. I just got to say wow that's a lot of pumpkins! It looks awesome. Keep up the good work, and good luck with the display this year.
  17. I know exactly what you're going through. My house is on the busiest street in my small town, and every Halloween I get between 3-5 trick or treaters. It's a sad state of affairs but I just keep adding on to the display year by year in the hopes that the next year will get better. Don't give up if this is something you enjoy doing. You just have to hope for the best, and even if you don't get many people stopping by just know you're not alone. I'd just really hate to see someone give up this awesome hobby.
  18. I did use channel groups in this particular sequence, so maybe if I take them off it will fix the problem. Do the special effect options also cause problems? like twinkle fade up.
  19. Hi everyone, A few days ago I posted a link to my new sequence "Breakfast Machine," and I'm working with someone who ran into a problem opening the file. I programmed the sequence in Light-O-Rama Sequence Editor version 3.9. The person I'm working with has Light-O-Rama Sequence Editor version 2.9. Does anyone have any clues as to why they wouldn't be able to open/run the sequence on their computer? I've been doing some research and haven't found any ideas on how to fix this yet, but any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, JF1993
  20. good idea! I'll most likely have to search online since my small town doesn't exactly have many big box stores
  21. I'm working on my wire frame deer as we speak. I had a little trouble keeping the wire in the correct shape due to the weight of the rope lights I'm using. So my solution was to use some old garden fencing and attach the wire frames to those to keep them in place. I also found that doubling the wire helps a lot in forming these deer sculptures. Best of luck, JF1993
  22. I bought two zip-lock bags of c6 bulb candle lights, but since I'm putting these on my front porch posts I think I'll use my extra strings of orange leds. I'm not sure if it will look ok just yet, but it's worth a shot.
  23. I originally wanted to do foam pumpkins, but after seeing the price people pay for funkins I got scared off. So after a little searching around I came up with this simple idea. Turns out the resale shop got rid of most the pumpkin buckets by the time I got back so I might have to just wait until Walmart brings in the Halloween stuff for 2013.
  24. I just had a brilliant idea!!! What do people always get rid of a the end of Halloween? The kids trick or treat buckets. And fortunately most trick or treat buckets generally look the same like pumpkins. So I went down to my local resale shop and they had these pumpkin buckets for a quarter a pop, and they had about 50 different buckets. So my plan is to go out and buy 16 of these guys and then cut a line down the side so I can attach them to my porch posts like a clamp of sorts. Then I bought some extra orange leds from menards last season so I'm going to carefully place those inside the pumpkins to light them up nice and bright. Sounds like a good idea to me, and a cheap one at that.
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