DISNEYLANDIA : Presenta su proveedor Garner Holt nuevas maravillas roboticas


This realistic robotic Abraham Lincoln was created by Garner Holt Productions in San Bernardino. The robotic head uses more than 30 electric servos, allowing the head to display a wide range of emotions without saying a word. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Disneylandia.-  President Abraham Lincoln said hello, then dropped into silence as he seemed sad, then happy, then looked up to the heavens in wonderment – and anyone watching would swear he was real. Except he wasn’t, he was an animatronic humanoid from the chest up — created by Garner Holt and his company in San Bernardino. “It would look up at me and it’s almost like it’s real, alive,” Holt said while demonstrating the head at Garner Holt Productions’ recent 40th anniversary celebration. 



In those 40 years, Holt’s company has supplied a variety of robotic figures, audio-animatronics in Disney terms, and more to a wide range of large and small theme parks around the world. “I love animatronics and the things I’d see at theme parks, and started drawing robotic heads when I was in the third grade,” he said. With an impressive client list, including Knott’s Berry Farm, Disneyland and others, Holt decided to push the field of robotics at his company after seeing similar efforts on displaying emotions from companies located overseas. “I just want to say there’s an American company that can do this,” Holt said.


This realistic robotic Abraham Lincoln was created by Garner Holt Productions in San Bernardino. The robotic head uses more than 30 electric servos, allowing the head to display a wide range of emotions without saying a word. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

 Holt decided to take the idea of visual emotional realism on a humanoid robotic head even further than others, using a budget of thousands of dollars in research and development versus the millions others spend. Advances in technology allowed him and his technicians to try things a little differently than using the usual standards of pneumatics (air pressure) or hydraulics (oil pressure) to capture the subtleties of the human head. Instead, he and his team are using miniature electric servos. “A lot of the high-end electric servo actuators have gotten to the point that they’re small enough that they can fit inside that head and work well,” he said. 

This realistic robotic Abraham Lincoln was created by Garner Holt Productions in San Bernardino. The robotic head uses more than 30 electric servos, allowing the head to display a wide range of emotions without saying a word. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

There are more than 30 electric servos packed inside the Lincoln head, and it took a long time to figure out how to properly position them to help Lincoln furrow his brow, look sad or even amazed. Holt did most of his designing on notepads while eating dinner at a BJ’s Restaurant. “I was so excited about it that every night I’d sit down to eat at the restaurant and get all my papers out and work on the design.” He’d return to the office the next day and hand off his hand drawings to one of his people in the CAD (computer aided design) department to have them put his designs into workable drawings. Then he would get a printout and take it with him to the restaurant the next night and work on revisions. 

That process took nearly eight months. Sometimes the designs worked, sometimes they didn’t. But Holt kept pushing, studying facial muscles in a mirror and trying to figure out how to simulate a human muscle to make Lincoln look sad and in despair, or have a happy thought, without saying a word. “It is not easy to go inside a head and make things move and have them end up the way they are supposed to be. Just one simple move we’d go over it 20 different ways to get it the right way, and then you have that ‘aha’ moment.” When it was time to let the animation programmer work with it, they recorded a few lines of dialogue to program the figure and demonstrate the full range of emotions for the company’s recent 40th anniversary celebration. 
This realistic robotic Abraham Lincoln was created by Garner Holt Productions in San Bernardino. The robotic head uses more than 30 electric servos, allowing the head to display a wide range of emotions without saying a word. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)
 Then they shot a short video of Lincoln and put it on YouTube. Next up is an appearance on “Conan.” Meanwhile, Holt and his crew are already working on the next advancement in his robotic heads. “We’ve been so educated in putting this thing together. I’ve got reams of notes on everything I would do differently,” he said. Holt says the technology being developed could be used in a variety of theme park and other applications. With the advent of RFID chips and other software, the day could come that while riding in a boat on Pirates of the Caribbean, a pirate could stop singing “Yo ho,” as a person rides by and, instead, look them right in the eye and have a pirate-like conversation. “When the day comes that people are looking at robots in the eye and they have expressions and things like that, I want to be one of the forerunners of that.” Garner Holt Productions Animatronic Lincoln Expressive ... -

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