Robot Brains - Animatronic Character Servo Control

Rick teaches designing, ordering, assembling and coding a circuit board using a Basic Stamp -- the basis for all RC and servo control.

Description

Animatronic effects supervisor, inventor and Stan Winston Studio veteran, Rick Galinson, shares tips and techniques to help you utilize basic LED and SERVO controls to create stunning on-screen effects.

From the art of motherboard design and circuit board schematics to best practices with soldering equipment & programming code, Galinson's expert knowledge will guide you as you delve into the fascinating world of robots, creatures and code.

Lesson Highlights:

  • Finding & ordering circuit boards
  • Programming BASIC code
  • The art & science of motherboard design
  • Controlling an animatronic character

 

Approximate Runtime is: 02:35:27

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  1. Title & Introduction - 00:00:00
  2. An Introduction to Circuit Boards - 00:01:27
  3. Safety Precautions - 00:04:25
  4. System Setup Overview - 00:06:16
  5. Understanding Basic Circuit Theory - 00:09:00
  6. Acquiring a Good Soldering Station - 00:14:21
  7. Multimeter - 00:16:02
  8. A Dedicated Power Supply - 00:17:52
  9. Choosing Your Micro Controller - 00:19:15
  10. A Rundown of the Kit Setup - 00:24:25
  11. Basic. Basic Programming - 00:26:40
  12. How to Run an LED - 00:30:07
  13. Writing Software for the LED - 00:33:20
  14. Controlling Multiple LEDs - 00:34:57
  15. Controlling an LED Sequence - 00:42:34
  16. Pre-Tinning - 00:45:39
  17. Soldering the Wires - 00:48:15
  18. Adding the Ground Line - 00:52:04
  19. Attaching the Resistors - 00:53:34
  20. Wiring in the LED Array - 00:56:46
  21. Soldering the Wires to the LED Array - 01:01:40
  22. Writing Code for the LED Array - 01:04:06
  23. Ordering Your Own Circuit Board - 01:10:41
  24. An Overview of the ExpressPCB Software - 01:13:07
  25. A Pre-Designed Circuit Board - 01:22:49
  26. A Brief Aside on Constructing A Compact D89 Connector - 01:28:23
  27. Soldering the DB9 Connector - 01:33:23
  28. Back to the Pre-Designed Circuit Board - 01:36:28
  29. Test Ordering A Circuit Board - 01:42:26
  30. Constructing Your Own Circuit Board - 01:45:17
  31. Components For the Control Logic and Servos - 01:45:49
  32. Common Ground - 01:54:26
  33. Soldering the Remaining Pins - 01:56:15
  34. Attaching the Communication Components - 02:00:12
  35. Attaching the Power Supply - 02:03:44
  36. Plugging In the Basic Stamp - 02:12:14
  37. Basic Stamp Debugging - 02:15:09
  38. Remote Control Options - 02:19:22
  39. Adding Analog Values - 02:25:03
  40. Adding a Second Servo - 02:30:29
  41. Running Four Servos At Once - 02:33:24
  42. Remote Controlling Your Servo Array - 02:34:58
  43. Space Constraints and Placing Your Circuit Boards - 02:36:02
  44. Wrap Up - 02:38:11

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Rick Galinson

Animatronic Effects Supervisor, Rick Galinson, master of servo, LED control and bending circuit boards to his will.

Rick Galinson grew up in La Jolla, CA and graduated from USC in 1990 with a B.S. in BioMedical Engineering.

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