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The loft is both Rollie Tyler's home and a special effects workshop/studio. It is within a building that was once a brewery and is located at 256 Brewery Lane in New York, New York. The loft originally belonged to Angie's father, Manny Ramirez and was likely his and Angie's home. When Manny died, he willed it to Rollie.

On the first floor of the loft is Rollie's workstation, the equipment used to make masks, and various other pieces of equipment and supplies. Also located there is a lounge, a large garage area, Rollie's office, and a circular sheving unit containing memorabilia from the movies Tyler FX worked on. The most notable features of the first floor are the giant, mechanical dragon's head that sits poised near the front door, a phone booth in Rollie's office that is actually a secret exit, and a fully functional virtual reality chamber, which Rollie designed and built.

The second floor is primarily Rollie's living quarters, which take up approximately one-third of the left side of the building. Also on the second floor is the cleanroom, a circular chamber encased in glass, which is used for building computer hardware and other electronic components. It is also Angie's main computer area.

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One of Rollie's creations is a small robot named Bluey, also called Blue. Bluey has six legs, a tail, and can bark and whine like a dog (as well as make other animal sounds). He has an artificial intelligence program and visual/audio recognition software that make him seem like a living creature. He also has numerous high-tech capabilities that allow him to perform a variety of functions, including controlling the security system, lights, heating, and more in the loft. Bluey has also been used as a spy, a remote camera unit, a tracking device, and many other things. He can also play a mean game of chess.
The PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) is a versatile palmtop computer with touch screen technology. It can be programmed for many functions. It is often used as a link to the computer systems on the van or the Ambler. With its mini camera, microphone, and speaker, it is also used as a communications devices, a digital camera, and an audio recorder. It has complete telephone capabilities.
The Ambler is a large, portable computer with touch screen technology that is often used when filming on location and on sets. It can be programmed to control equipment and eletronic systems and can also act as a video screen for camera feeds. The Ambler is mounted on a removable, adjustable tripod and stands around 4 1/2 feet tall when fully open. It has a large center screen, two smaller fold-out screens, and a control panel.
The F/X van is a specially modified step van that acts as a mobile command unit and special effects studio. It is used mostly for on location shoots and has also been frequently used to aid the police. It is equipped with a computer, video and audio systems, and a satellite dish. It also contains storage space for props, equipment, tools, and other things that may be needed on jobs.