Let me start by saying that I know nothing about robotics.
My wife goes a little crazy with Halloween decorations. She judges success by how many children she can make cry. Last year I built her a coffin with a hinged lid that we prop a skeleton in. I'd like to punch it up this year and have the lid open with some actuators.
I have no idea what parts I would need to make this work. I'm thinking I need something weather resistant and powerful enough to lift a wooden lid. I'll probably attach a skeleton prop to the underside of the lid so it looks like he's sitting up when the lid opens. For controls I'd like just a switch that we can turn on/off or maybe get fancy and add a motion sensor.
Any help you can give is appreciated. Thanks in advance.