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I Might Not Have A Need For A 20-Foot, $350,000 Animatronic Triceratops Now, But Who Knows What The Future Holds?

I Might Not Have A Need For A 20-Foot, $350,000 Animatronic Triceratops Now, But Who Knows What The Future Holds?

Animatronic Triceratops (Image courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer)
By Andrew Liszewski

My gut instinct is that I can probably do without this 20-foot animatronic Triceratops available from none other than Hammacher Schlemmer. But I’m worried that if I don’t act now, I might not find one again at the low, low price of just $350,000. Especially one that was featured at the The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, and is not only animated, but actually responds to motion and onlookers.

Motion-activated cameras installed into each eye work in unison with customized interactive software that enables the Cretaceous creature to recognize multiple subjects’ facial features. Once identified, subjects’ tracked movements trigger a set of responses: it sways its tri-horned head right, left, up, and down, stomps and scuffs its right forelimb, and opens its jaws while growling–all powered by digitally controlled servos and silent, pneumatic air-activated cams. Its exterior is crafted by professional sculptors from polyurethane foam and textured silicone over a steel and aluminum frame, replicating the beast’s massive horned frill, powerful hindquarters, and tapered tail with convincing realism. The rumbles that issue from a hidden 1,000-watt speaker are based on paleontological approximations of what sounds the original 67 million year-old saurian might have vocalized.

And even though I don’t have a license to charge people admission to see it, I still think it would make for a better alternative to a garden gnome.

[ Hammacher Schlemmer – The 20 Foot Animatronic Triceratops ] VIA [ The Green Head ]

  • Anton Gully

    Does it walk? Oh gee if it walked… life of super-villainy here I come…

  • Eric de Jesus

    Wow…  if it walks on its own I’d be definitely wanting to see something like it. Buying it would be really just out of my league. That’s good for amusement parks. If I was rich like Richie rich that would be a good toy to scare off potential robbers at my house.