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Singing Pumpkins using servos

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Ok, someone gave me this idea last year and you know how ideas can sit and fester. Well after last Halloween, I decided to make some singing pumpkins to entertain the TOTs.

The parts list is so far:

-4 425BB Hitec servos
-1 Linxmotion controller
-4 single-channel LED boards (made by azdude) for the eyes
-4 Foam Pumpkins
-4 servo extensions
-4 Lucite plates (this will hold the pumpkin and the servo)
-4 servo brackets (made by 5artist5)

I've included pictures of the foam pumpkins before and after I cut out the mouth parts as well as a picture of the single-channel LED boards (I turned the boards over as the design for those belongs to azdude so if you want it you will need to contact him).

I still need to cut out the Lucite plates to hold the pumpkins and take pictures of those.

More to come.
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Ok ... I'm VERY anxious to see your progress , so , I uploaded those files for you .
The first one is the one by Disney , the second , by Marilyn Manson and the last - Panic at the Disco . All songs are "this is Halloween"
Didn't know which version you wanted and since I am REALLY wanting to see how you talking pumpkins turn out , I figured I'd better not take a chance , and just load them all . LOL

Disney-original version

Marilyn Manson version

Panic at the Disco version

Hope one of these are the version you were looking for :)

( these are in MP3 format )

Here is the original if you need it in WAV format instead of MP3 ( of course , the WAVE file is MUCH larger - about ten times larger , than the MP3 ones )


Original in WAV format

If you like , or want either of the other two options in WAV format , just let me know :)
I can't wait to here the Panic at the Disco version. Thank you for posting these.
 

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those are pretty friggin awesome!!! I love what you have done with these...what is the grand $$ total on the project, just out of curiosity. I think that we should start including that little bit of information to help other haunters determine the feasibility of making these sort of props.

Awesome work again!!!

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Including parts I already had?

I already had the linxmotion controller ($40) and the VSA software ($60). I bought the pumpkins on clearance last year 60% at Michaels ($???). I paid $6 for the servo brackets and $10 each for the servos. The servo extension cables were $2.99 on sale at Servocity.com. The screws were a few bucks at Lowes and I had some extra electrical wire lying around so I used that to attach the mouths to the servos. Also I already had the plastic from a project I was trying to do like 10 years ago (yes I keep crap I think I might use at a later time).

The LED servo controlled eyes I was playing Guinea Pig for a friend to see if they would work. I didn't know if I would like them at first, but I found they really were awesome and made a huge difference. They were well worth it.

The great thing about the linxmotion and the VSA is you can make multiple projects work with them. Very versatile.

those are pretty friggin awesome!!! I love what you have done with these...what is the grand $$ total on the project, just out of curiosity. I think that we should start including that little bit of information to help other haunters determine the feasibility of making these sort of props.

Awesome work again!!!

-DK
 

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thanks for the info. I'm starting to get that "eyes are bigger than stomach" thing going on where I want to build every cool thing I see before halloween comes around...and there is no way I can get it all done, but thankyou for adding another project to the list!!!

again, wonderful work.

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Once you get the software and the controller, sky is the limit.

I recommend a list with a few things a year. I still need to build my new walls for the inside and front of my haunt, the body for my skeleton bride, and an Axworthy Rig (I'm still a little intimidated by that).
 

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Truly Awesome! Are they a standalone prop or do they need to be connected to your computer to work? If they are standalone, what are you using for that?
They connect up to a linxmotion controller which connects to my laptop.
 

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Hmmm. That's cool but too bad. i don't have enough computers to throw around the yard for all the thing I want to do lol. Has anyone found a controller for this type of thing that doesn't require a computer to be hooked up to it to operate. I understand you need the computer to program it. But, I'd like to just have a smallish weatherresistant box with the controller in it by the props. chicago can be rainy in October and I don't want computers outside or miles of computer connection wires trailing accross my yard and a computer warehouse in my basement for my little 25 x 10 plot of land.
 
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