One thing that has always amazed me is how they were able to make the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park realistic. Looking through articles and PDFs, I came across the Dinosaur input device (now called Digital input device), or DID. Some notable differences between a stop-motion puppet and one that has the input devices is that:

1. The armature is 3 times larger in order to accommodate the servos and sensors.

2. No Ball and socket joints. All joints are hinges, swivels, and universal. The encoders can only sense a single axis.

3. Very precise (if built right).

4. The resulting animation lacks the artifacts of stop-motion animation, the pops and jerkiness, and yet retains the intentional subtleties and hard stops that computer animation often lacks.

Note: If you guys decide to comment on this post, please keep any CGI bashing you might have to a minimum.

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I got to have a play with one of these when I visited Tippett Studios.  Here I am pretending I'm animating on Jurassic Park.

Hello! I'm selling one of these units- Its a piece of early CGi history from th 90's



Angela said:

Hello Phillip,
Do you have a complete DID Monkey Unit? (The DID Monkey, DID Monkey Controller Box, and a Manual?)

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