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Ever since we were little kids we've loved Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean and all the characters. The 2 parrots in the ride / attractions were always a couple of our favorites ... so we decided to build our own animatronic parrot as a personal project.
The POTC animatronic parrot personal project was built / created in late 2013 for a private Halloween party. Unfortunately, we never got a chance to shoot any video of it while the party was going on, but we thought it was definitely worth sharing now.
Approximately 8-9 years ago, we bought the Hasbro toy parrot and even though it was brilliant how it worked originally, the movements were EXTREMELY limited and would only do certain movements.
We completely dis-assembled the whole parrot, internal mechanisms, and motors, and ended up scrapping EVERYTHING inside the toy parrot, leaving nothing but the internal shell and external skin / fur.
With a completely empty shell structure, we built a new armature with 90% move movement than the original toy and installed 8 small / micro servos, giving us complete control of every movement.
The parrot is now driven by VSA with an SSC-32 card and connected by 2 CAT-6 cables hidden in the custom built stand.
Although it took only 3 weeks to build the new parrot, it actually took almost 3 years to figure out how to do it properly to what we wanted to accomplish.
His "pirate" outfit (hat, eye patch, choker necklace) was custom sewn / made by Mrs. Hi-Rez.