April 15, 2010

Trading Cards Illustrated for Robot Rules

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Author Gareth Branwyn convinced Make editor-in-chief Mark Frauenfelder to illustrate a series of roboticist trading cards. They were made to accompany an excerpt he wrote on rules from his book "Absolute Beginner's Guide to Building Robots." You can find the cards and rules on Make and Branwyn's book is available for purchase.

Via Make

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March 17, 2010

Slobots Travel to Tokyo Show

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Our bud Mike Slobot sent in several of his bots to this week's Kaiju Comrades 2 show in Tokyo. He used resin from a Japanese kokeshi doll and turned two Star Wars figures into the Abominable Slobot and Skyflyer V1. Way to go, dude!

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March 9, 2010

Brauer's Uncommon Robots

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We dig the fact that when Brauer makes robotic art, he does so by recycling. His bots are anything but common although they have basic names like Oscar and Horton. Here is his artful philosophy:

"In our modern world, where objects often have a single life, I aim at inventing a new existence for them by diverting them from their initial function. I particularly like the robust appearance of used steel and industrial materials. When I put them together, they start a new life as unique pieces of art, in which each component can tell its own story."

Check out his site for more robots.

Via Brauer (French)

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January 15, 2010

Adopt-A-Bots Made From Recycled Gadgets

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Brian Marshall builds robots out of discarded scrap metal and kitchen items. He uses measuring spoons, silverware, oilcans, pencil sharpeners and other gadgets to make art that is truly unique. Brian will be showing his creations at his Adopt-a-Bot show opening January 29 at the Red Mohawk Gallery in Wilmington, Delaware. If you cannot make it, visit his site for more clever bots.

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January 11, 2010

Platform Robot Produces Light Art

German designer Nils Voelker designed a 3-wheeled platform robot that can create art by moving colored LED lights while a camera shoots in long exposure. The images are made with graphic editing software and because the bot has several small wheels beneath it, it can be guided in any direction. Voelker says that the robot is part of another project by making a series of "paintings" for magazine publication. We are thinking it might be best used live to appreciate the artsy side of his creation.


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December 15, 2009

Designer Bots Featured Online

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So we are wandering around the Net and come across the site Kidrobot. It features lots of designer toys, including this 5" Auto + USBoombox by Superdeux that looks robotic enough for our taste. Made of vinyl, each comes with a hidden 1GB flash drive at a price of $60.00.

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December 11, 2009

Sushi Bots More Than Illustrations

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Illustrator/designer Pez Banana (aka Jose Lorenzo Pacheco) has taken two of his robots from his Maki Sushi 'Bot' series and is turning them into real ones. The 5.5" 'Sushibot' and 'Alaskabot' can each be pre-ordered now at a $30.00 price.

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November 17, 2009

R-O-B Heads to the Big Apple

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Last week, R-O-B, a bricklaying robot from Swiss architects Gramazio & Kohler of Zurich's ETH Faculty of Architecture, came to New York City. It will be constructing a wall with more than 7,000 bricks in an infinity loop. Head over to Pike Street if you would like to view the ambitious project which will be on display until January 2010.

Via Ponoko

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November 16, 2009

Life Looks at Robot History

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Take a peek at Life's collection of "trippy space-age toy art." There are 32 images of early bot posters. We have certainly come a long way in robotics, eh?

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November 13, 2009

Takahashi Masakazu Papercraft Robots

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Takahashi Masakazu is either an artistic genius or has too much time on his hands, or both. His papercraft is amazing as evidenced by this distant cousin of R2-D2. Check out his site that features buildings, insects, animals and airplanes.

Via Craziest Gadgets

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