Grant Imahara, ‘Mythbusters’ Electrical Engineer And Robotics Wiz, Dies At 49 : NPR

Grant Imahara, 'Mythbusters' Electrical Engineer And Robotics Wiz, Dies At 49 : NPR

Grant Imahara arrives at the Primetime Imaginative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in September 2013.

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Grant Imahara arrives at the Primetime Inventive Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in September 2013.

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Electrical engineer, robotics wiz, Mythbusters‘ cast member, Disney specialist, Television set host and Hollywood animatronics designer Grant Imahara died Monday. He was 49.

“We are heartbroken to listen to this unhappy news about Grant,” Discovery Channel wrote in a statement. “He was an essential element of our Discovery family members and a actually amazing person. Our feelings and prayers go out to his spouse and children.”

Imahara was greatest known as a member of the “Build Workforce” on Discovery’s Mythbusters along with Tory Belleci and Kari Byron. The trio managed to impart some scientific awareness while partaking in really madcap, sophomoric experiments that admirers close to the entire world adored.

Imahara was undaunted by even the most outlandish technological challenges. When Craig Ferguson lamented he was the only late-night chat clearly show host with no a sidekick, Imahara built him a goofy-on the lookout, skeletal robotic with a metal mohawk named Geoff Peterson.

At George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic, he was just one of a decide on team of R2-D2’s “formal operators,” controlling the peripatetic robot’s movements in Star Wars. To make certain the Energizer Bunny briskly drummed its way across the monitor in the course of all those battery commercials, Imahara made “a tailor made circuit to cycle the Energizer Bunny’s arm beats and ears at a regular rate.”

A native of Los Angeles, Imahara gained a bachelor of science diploma in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. In his 2003 e book, Kickin’ Bot: An Illustrated Guide to Building Overcome Robots, he shared what he acquired creating distant-controlled robots and competing in the Television set show BattleBots with his winner device Deadblow.

A frequent tinkerer, Imahara was clearly thrilled with one particular of his past creations, a Toddler Yoda that would tour children’s hospitals. “Pleased to existing my newest development: a entirely animatronic Newborn Yoda,” he wrote on his Fb website page in March. “It’s been three months of tough get the job done and countless revisions. He is a personalized undertaking that I begun in early December. I did all the mechanical structure, programming, and 3D printed the molds. He is at the moment working a continual sequence, but before long I’ll be in a position to set off distinct moods and reactions, as very well as include sound.”

“Grant was a actually fantastic engineer, artist and performer, but also just these types of a generous, easygoing, and light Particular person,” Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage wrote on Twitter. “Performing with Grant was so much enjoyment. I am going to pass up my friend.”