This is a topic I am very interested in myself. If you have the bucks I'd
suggest the Robix robot kit. It is a an extremely powerful and flexible
Java programmable servo interface that can control tons of servos at once.
In addition, the vendor adopted a client/server methodology so you can have
multiple computers working together to control your Animatronic device.
This is cool if you want one person controlling the eyes, another
controlling the legs, etc. The programming interface is really well done
and should give you the tools you need to do the advance level of
synchronized movement you need for an Animatronic device, with a minimum of
I have one of their kits myself and I love it. One of my background
projects is interfacing my P5 Virtual Reality glove with the Robix USBOR
controller to control an Animatronic device (or one portion of it).
Here is a link to their web site:
As far as Animatronic specific web sites or documentation, I haven't found
much either, so I guess we'll have to build it ourselves. I have opened up
a topic section on my forum to discuss Animatronic device development
specifically. Please join in:
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