10 SERVO 09.2016
My list of requirements was ambitious and included the following:
• The ability to be broken down and shipped
• Use a variety of mechanisms
• Run on battery power alone
• Be mounted on a mobile platform
• Have the ability to speak
• Be remote controlled
• Have the gift of sight — eyes and camera
• Include an additional stand-alone controller
• BE SUPER COOL!
Read on and you will see how the final design
successfully incorporated all these features!
Breaking It All Down
The number of different systems and moving parts
really added to the complexity of this build. I learned a lot
while integrating all the components into a cohesive,
functioning machine. Let’s look at some of the individual
elements in more detail.
Agent 390 — After my experience in building the
Parker bot (which you can see in more detail in the
September 2015 issue of SERVO), I knew the platform I had
My interest and fascination
with the Steampunk culture
has inspired me to create a
new travelling companion. He
will accompany me to
conventions where I do
presentations on building
animatronics and help to
demonstrate many of the
designs I incorporate into my
characters. After much
thought and effort, Jarvis was
born (Figure 1)!
By Steve Koci
Jarvis — The Steampunk
Figure 1. Welcome
back to the land of
the living, Jarvis!
I would like to recognize the fine photography work done
by my son, Bryan Koci of Red Tie Photography. Being able
to make something look as good on paper as it does in life
is a real art. He has managed the impossible and brought
Jarvis to life through his photos and videos.