Drunk animatronic Santa

drunk santa

Reader [Josh McCormick] hacked this awesomely drunk animatronic Santa. Here’s a cached video link. He purchased the 5 foot tall singing and dancing Santa Claus at Walmart for $50 with the intention of modifying it for an art show. Once he got it home he began tearing it down. He found the brains of the device in the left foot (just like Santa!). The motion control is all analog and there is a hidden potentiometer that controls the dancing rate (jigginess). Josh used a BS2P40 Parallax BASIC Stamp for the digital control of the device and the sound samples were stored on a Quadravox QV306M4. To get the movements in sync, Josh recorded the performance as the sound clip was being played back. The movements were stored on a 24LC515 EEPROM. With some last minute work he got it to the show on time, but it unfortunately broke during exhibition and he did not win. There should be some consolation in the fact that it is on the internet now and will be seen by thousands of people instead of a handful.

23 thoughts on “Drunk animatronic Santa

  1. And? Did he also put Rudolf’s nose on Santa? I mean, you’re drunk or totally wasted/trashed. The difference is the nose or is that only a myth just like the whole Santa story?

    – Unomi -

  2. great job. would have bee a little funnier to and sexual movements when santa was talking about “mommy kissin santa clause” and what happened in the bed… Who’s your daddy! Man, I would have SO much fun with this project it’s rediculous. Just think, too, this santa doesn’t have to be seasonal. change the clothes, put a mask over his face, and he’s george bush.

  3. >>This santa doesn’t have to be seasonal. change the clothes, put a mask over his face, and he’s george bush.

    The obvious political joke here is Ted Kennedy! Chappaquiddick anybody? :)

  4. Posted Dec 15, 2005, 2:00 PM ET by lotacus
    “Just think, too, this santa doesn’t have to be seasonal. change the clothes, put a mask over his face, and he’s george bush.”

    Lmao. I am so going to do that. hahahahahahah you have inspired me

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