With Halloween round the corner, it’s the season to be scary. Or at least start thinking of how you’re going to scare the daylights out of those poor unsuspecting trick-or-treaters. If you are willing to invest US$3500, you can get digital technology to become your partner in scaring. The animatronic door, available on Etsy, is something you may want to consider.
The concept is quite simple. There’s a door with signage that clearly states “do not enter”. For good measure, it also warns that entry is for “authorized personnel only”. But should any intrepid trick-or-treater disregard these signs, well, he was warned!
What happens is that through the small glass pane in the middle of the door, the trick-or-treater sees a mean looking man appear. Soon, he starts wielding an axe. The sound of metal connecting with door is clearly audible. Soon, the trick-or-treater can see the axe cutting through the door, assuming that s/he is still there, of course.
The entire concept is based on a 22 inch LCD panel that displays the HD graphics of the man and the axe. The sound comes from a special DVD that has DTMF tracks. These cue the pneumatics at just the right time, giving the impression of the door creaking, opening and so on.
Hi-Rez Designs, which offers this animatronic door, provides instructions if you’re a DIY kind of person. If you don’t have the inclination to assemble it, but do have the money to buy a ready-made door, just look for it out on Etsy. Happy Halloween, a few weeks in advance!
Here is a video showing the Animatronic Door in action.