Animatronics & Robotics for Film & Television



Hexapod V4 (Developed 2003)


Developed for a background charactor in the film "Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban", this hexapod took our V3 design to a new level.


With larger more powerful servo's, and force sensors in the feet we were able to add terrain adaptation in to the locomotion engine. The hexapod was then coverd in a latex skin and made to look like a six legged turtle.


This creature was used in the background of Hagrid's hut, but barely made it to the final cut of the film. However, it was re-skined, the shell removed, and used in the back of Mad Eye Moody's classroom in the latest Harry Potter film "Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire".


We were at one point developing an even larger scale hexapod to play the part of the Blast Ended Skrewt's in the Goblet of Fire. This hexapod would have been about the size of a coffee table. Fully electric and utilising linear actuators. Unfortunately they were cut from the film entirely, and so development ended.


Tech Stuff


Servos: Futaba 3002/9206/9550

Battery: NiMh 4.8V 4000mah

Servo Driver: 2 X Rx1650

CPU: PC Pentium MMX 266 (Off Board)

Radio Link: 2.4ghz SS

Weight: Aprox 3Kg



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