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For some reasons I can not explain here I got stuck with two live-size mannequins, both able to be posed to different positions of arms, legs, torso and head. Think about a live size Barbie Doll for the possible movements.
So there is a metal frame inside with joins but they are not easy to move since the mannequin needs to be able to stand on its own without much visible support when displayed.
What I want to do is to build a 'secretary' in my office, using one of those puppets I inherited, so I would pose it manually into some chair but I need ideas how to accomplish a couple of things to make the appearance more life like. Even if it is a Halloween idea, my ears are wide open, I have two of those puppets and no other use for them.
The first thing I need to solve is to move the Head so it could face a visitor. The Head is moveable to turn and to move up and down, but it takes two hands to do so. My current thought is to attach a lever at the back of the head and some actuators mounted to the chair, that would be mostly hidden from the unsuspecting visitor.
But either I need to loosen up the current mounting or I need quite strong actuators, those boebot-servos I have will not move anything. So I need some simple, practical and cheap ideas here, this is not commercial it is just for fun.
And - gosh - cleaning up my parents house is a challenge at it is, but how to dispose of two live like silicone based mannequins? Garbage can does not work and throwing them onto a landfill seems not to be a good idea either.
So I have to build something out of them.
For now the basic idea is that the puppet is sitting behind a desk in a chair. I even found a old electrical wheelchair but I am not sure if it is working.
The goals are to move the head and maybe move the arms/shoulders. That could be mounted to the chair and somehow hidden. Here we need quite strong actuators or smart ideas using steel wires and motors, I am open for any suggestion.
I still have some very small servos from those floating sharks @W9GFO(?) sold some years ago, I might be able to use them inside the eye sockets to move something, there is about a cubic inch of space inside each eye.
And then I need a idea for lip movement. There is some space to put actuators and a speaker in.
I try to be very careful here describing the mannequins, but they do look quite real and I am already smiling about the possibilities for Halloween...