OK so the skeleton isn’t actually playing the piano – it’s still an excellent Halloween prop, and might inspire your own skele-bot ideas. The bot itself is powered by a Mega, and was programmed using Boian Mitov’s Visuino software. (In the YouTube video comments Boian mentions adding support for the MP3 shield to allow props to sing!)
via The Arduino Blog:
SKELLY the ROBOT Controlled by Arduino and programed using Visuino
Skelly the Robot has an Arduino Mega controller, Cytron PS2 Shield, Modified Sensor shield and a wireless PS2 controller. Skelly has a total of 8 servos. Six servos run his right and left shoulders, elbows, and wrists. One servo runs his mouth and one turns his head. There is a small motor in his head with a counter weight which gives him the shakes. I used VISUINO Software to program Skelly; it is a visual programing system which made it possible for me to program. This was my first robot and I still have a few things I want to add, like sound and sight.
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