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Title: An investigation into the construction of an animatronic model
Author: Peel, Christopher Thomas
ISNI:       0000 0004 2718 1657
Awarding Body: University of Bradford
Current Institution: University of Bradford
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis investigates the development of an animatronic robot with the objective of showing how modern animatronic models created as special effects have roots in models created during the scientific and mechanical revolution of the 17th and 18th centuries. It is noted that animatronic models that are available today have not been described in any great detail and most are covered by industrial secrecy. This project utilises technologies developed during the latter part of the 20th century and into the beginning of the 21st century to create the design of the animatronic robot. The objective of the project is to bring effective designs for animatronic robots into the public domain. The project will investigate a large variety of different mechanisms and apply them to various functioning parts of the model, with the design and method of each of these functions discussed. From this, one main part of the project, the jaw, will receive the focus of construction. Once the construction is complete this will be evaluated against what improvements and changes could be made for future iterations, with a revised design produced based on what has been learned.
Supervisor: Not given. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Animatronics ; Allosaurus ; Autonomous ; Control system ; Dinosaur head ; Museum exhibit ; PIC16F84A ; Robotics ; Special effects ; Visitor attraction