From the very beginning of robotics, mankind have tried to force rigid structures like steel and hard plastics to move. But if you view the natural world from an engineers perspective, you will see tons of robots, not being made up out of only rigid parts, but both rigid and flexible. Modern robotics tries to learn from natures success, and in this video from IEEE Spectrum you can see how effective soft robotics can be!
Norm from Tested.com interviews Frank Ippolito about his finally finished Zoidberg ( character from the cartoon series “Futurama”). In this video Frank takes us through the process of making a highly advanced full body costume with lifelike mask, hands, feet and animatronics. The project has taken him many months, which really shows in the excellent result. While this project is too advanced for beginners, it is still very interesting to see all the processes, materials, parts, painting and more that goes in to creating an advance special effects costume like this.
If you want to see how the mask was painted, please watch Airbrushing 101.
This is the most detailed and thorough tutorial we have ever seen on any subject online. Rick Lazzarini from Stan Winston School has decades of experience making state of the art animatronic puppets for Hollywood, and here he takes us through all the parts, joints, materials, techniques, servos, linear actuators, hydraulics, pneumatics, wires, rods, bearings, gears, levers and much more in this 3 hour marathon of a webcast from the convent “Son of Monsterpalooza”. If you want to build remote-controlled things, animated puppets or even robots, this is THE video on the web. Go buy your self some chips and soda, gather some like-minded friends, and just sit back and watch while this animatronic effects genius reveal all his tricks and techniques.