Forget about those inflatable dinosaur costumes. If you really want to be convincing as a dinosaur and looks menacing at the same time, you need to do what Dutch engineering student Esmée Kramer did: Projector Raptor: A Mechanical Dinosaur Costume.
Now, the name “Mechanical Dinosaur Costume” may not sound as impressive, but trust me, you will be blown away by how life-like it is and engineering effort put into it. Btw, Project Raptor was a personal project; not a school project or anything like that.
It started last summer (2018) and only completely sometime in May this year (2019). Almost a year in the making with her spare time, Kramer has created a beyond awesome mechanical Raptor that features articulated head that not only moves up and down and side to side, but rotates too.
Plus, it has movable arms (though no articulated digits. Perhaps, version 2.0 will have?) and a snapping jaw. OK, may be not quite ‘snapping’, but it sure can pick up things! All the movements are controllable using a pair of handle while Esmée is inside the mechanical beast.
And oh, it has a tail that whips around when Esmée move her body and returning to straight position when the movement stops. Absolutely brilliant! Now, all this mechanical beast need is a realistic looking skin to complete the “scare-the-shit-out-of-people” look. Go on and have a look at Esmée Kramer the Mechanical Raptor in action in the video embedded below.
Images: YouTube (Esmée Kramer).
Source: Laughing Squid.