August 25, 2008

Lockwasher Robotic Art

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Lockwasher's designs feature some of the most original robot art we have seen to date. He takes found objects and turn them into rayguns, rockets, robots, etc. We have a special fondness for his team of 23.5" Gigantor and crony Visetti, made with an old electric fence controller, Smoothie maker spin-on lids, an espresso maker base, two golf pull cart flanges, bakelite wheels from an Electrolux and a spin-on oil filter tool. You have to check out the rest of his collection on Flickr, as his pieces are going fast.

(Thanks, Paul)

Via Lockwasher Design

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August 19, 2008

Animasher Features Cartoon Robots

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It may not be strictly robotic, but it does have botty characters in it. Besides, this beta site is so much fun you just have to try it. Our bud Michael Jacobson and his bud Sammy have created Animasher, which is a very kewl and simple way to make animation. And yes, it has more than its share of bots, and a couple of stars from Warner Brothers in this animated shot.

(Thanks, Michael)

Via Animasher

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August 11, 2008

Art/Suit for Stephen Hawking

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Sculptor Michael Rea has a unique gift. With a wry sense of humor, he created "A Prosthetic Suit For Stephen Hawking with Japanese Steel" out of wood, rope, and foam in 2007 as a tribute to the scientist. He made the art after seeing Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill." The robotic suit is 8' tall, has a hatch in the back, and is also interactive. Check out more of Rea's art on his site.

Via Michael T. Rea

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July 28, 2008

PutterBot Golfs for You

For those who need a golfing buddy, Crabfu has yet another new bot to add to his already impressive collection. The PutterBot has 2 servos for tracks, one for the putter and one for its head. It also has a chassis made from a Tamiya kit. He mounted the head/light directly on the servo for a better gravity center and because "it just looks cuter." A right stick controls the bot's movements and the left takes care of the head and putter.

Via Crabfu

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July 22, 2008

Crabfu Creates Cute Creatures

Crabfu makes very nifty bots, mostly of the animalistic kind. One of his latest is a R/C Tortoise that uses a 4-channel radio system. It features 4 sub-micro servos and each axis of its transmitter stick controls a servo. Check out his web site to see other creatures that include Swashbot and Flapper the fish.

Via Crabfu

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July 15, 2008

Bugbots, Artsy Robots

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Etsy's "TinyMind" has come up with a line of Bugbots, tiny robotic creatures that, although limited in function, are one of a kind and should be considered art. For example, Lilly is solar-powered. Place her in a sunny window and she flaps her wings. She was freeform soldered with a meter movement, solar cell, chip, resistor and two capacitors. Lilly is available for $60.00 and TinyMind will customize a Bugbot just for you if you have your own idea.

Via TinyMind

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July 11, 2008

Robotic Middle Manager Haunts Australia

This video is downright eerie. Performance artist Momoyo Torimitsu let her robotic Middle Manager loose on a busy Australian intersection. According to the artist, "The battery-powered robot is supposed to symbolize the Asian economic crash and Japan's rigid 'salaryman' culture."

Yeah. We wonder why she didn't let it loose in Toyko.

Via Diagonal View

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July 7, 2008

San Jose Art Museum Features a Summer of Robots

If you are fortunate enough to be in the San Jose area this summer, you should try to catch the Robots: Evolution of a Cultural Icon exhibit at their Musuem of Art. Running until October 19, the show features the development of robot iconography in the last 50 years. There are sculptures, paintings, photographs, digital media, and installations created by over 20 artists. Included in the exhibit are "Video Labels" by various artists, including this one from Clayton Bailey, who explains where he gets his materials and why he is into robots. Sit through the whole video and you can see some of his incredible creations.

Via San Jose Museum of Art

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June 12, 2008

Bennett Robot Works

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Bennett Robot Works sculptures combines the past with the present. On display at the City Foundry in Brooklyn, NY, artist Gordon Bennett uses wood, metal, glass, plastic, and bakelite objects that he finds at garage sales, garbage dumps, and other trash-filled places.

Inspired by the industrial designs of Norman Bel Geddes and Raymond Loewy, each bot stands between 14 and 25", is an exclusive, and takes about a month to build. If you cannot afford one of his pieces, you can also get a poster of some of his work. While they have no
moving parts, we think they are pretty kewl nonetheless. (We are particularly fond of Edward and Kenmore, shown above.)

Via Bennett Robot Works

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