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Tim J. Lewis at the Robotics Society of Southern California October 2016

Tim J. Lewis at the Robotics Society of Southern California October 2016
I had the good fortune to visit with Tim J. Lewis at the Robotics Society of Southern California. He was demonstrating some of his Halloween creation while giving us some history and tips about animatronics and their development at Disney. Tim worked on many of the most famous animatronics at Disney including Pirates of the Caribbean, the Lincoln presentation and my favorite the Tiki Room. He also worked on the crypt keeper on Tales from the Crypt.

Me and Tim Lewis with his animatronics cat
Me and Tim Lewis with his animatronics cat

While I am good at getting living creature to do all kinds of interesting things I am a novice at animating the nonliving. My first project is going to be a puppet. However, I’m working on learning to animate these fictional creations with the help of little computers, servos, pneumatics, and motors.

Me and Tim J. Lewis a Disney animatronics engineer
Me and Tim J. Lewis a Disney animatronics engineer
The magic inside animatronics
The magic inside animatronics
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Robotics Society of Southern California Meeting

I finally had a chance to attend the Robotics Society of Southern California Meeting. This is another Long Beach group. I have wanted to go to these meetings for over two years now. The big barrier is that I work on the weekends. After attending one meeting I can see I am going to need to start taking a day off.

There is a lot to learn. It all seems a little overwhelming. However, I am sure it will come to me little by little. There is so much to know in this field. One of the incentives for attending these meeting is learning about what others are doing and how they are doing it. Sharing this information will make it easier to find solutions to difficult problems. It helps that there are some really intelligent people that attend this meeting. In fact I think everyone I talked to seemed to have what I imagine is a higher IQ than the average person.

In the photo is one of the robots that was visiting along with its creator, oh yes, and I am standing there too.

Robotics Society Andrew With Robot and its creator
Robotics Society Andrew With Robot and its creator
Meeting Andrew With Robot and the one who made it
Robotics Society Meeting Andrew With Robot and the one who made it
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