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Video: Pneumatics Power Scary Guy
11/2/2012

Meet the Scary Guy. (Source: Design News)
Meet the Scary Guy.
(Source: Design News)

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Cabe Atwell
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Re: Pneumatics driven scary guy
Cabe Atwell   2/6/2013 5:09:11 PM
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Haunted houses (HH) are big business. I calculated once, based on the supposed attendance of a local HH, that a typical attraction could rake in about $400,000 a season. Good HHs sell tickets for $20-30 these days too, so perhaps my number is a little low.

I tried to talk my engineering friends into building one, but they were scared to try. Pun intended.

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Charles Murray
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Re: Pneumatics driven scary guy
Charles Murray   11/12/2012 7:54:09 PM
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You're absolutely right, WilliamK. Disney World and Universal Studios are full of pneumatics-based animatronics.

mrdon
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Re: What type of Pneumatics and Controls for Scary Guy
mrdon   11/6/2012 10:37:35 PM
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Hi Charles, I sent the email. Thanks!

Charles Murray
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Re: What type of Pneumatics and Controls for Scary Guy
Charles Murray   11/6/2012 7:10:25 PM
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No problem, mrdon. I'll be looking for your e-mail.

mrdon
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Re: What type of Pneumatics and Controls for Scary Guy
mrdon   11/6/2012 2:43:32 AM
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Hi Charles, appreciate the help in finding additional information on this cool animatronic character. I'll send my contact  info to your email address. Again thanks for the help!

Charles Murray
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Re: What type of Pneumatics and Controls for Scary Guy
Charles Murray   11/5/2012 7:25:22 PM
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Other than the fact that it uses air cylinders, valves, fittings, filters and electronic controls, I don't know much about the components, MrDon. But I'd be happy to put you in touch with Bimba engineers if you contact me at my e-mail address: charles.murray@ubm.com. Hopefully, we can get more detail for your Control Systems class.

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Pneumatics driven scary guy
William K.   11/5/2012 10:20:17 AM
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It certainly is quite a show, and low budget at that. It may be a great marketing tool and open up a new set of aplications, with function and durability being far more important than accuracy it should be workable for a much larger group of users.

But I don't think it is nearly the first use of air cylinders in animated figures, although probably one of the scarier applications.

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ChasChas   11/5/2012 9:45:08 AM
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So real I feel sorry for the guy!

mrdon
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What type of Pneumatics and Controls for Scary Guy
mrdon   11/3/2012 10:27:46 PM
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Hi Charles, Nice video of Scary Guy in action. What type of Bimba Pneumatics and electronic controls were used to bring Scary Guy to life? I'll definitely share this video with my Controls Systems class for a good discussion on Animatronic Applications using Mechatronics!

morgancooper
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Re: Pretty good scary guy
morgancooper   11/3/2012 9:32:46 AM
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Yeah, it really seems scary. The design and the theme painted was too good. Hope there was more of a short film in it.

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