Sunday, October 31, 2010

#150 Steampunk Skull Zombie Bot

Revision of Skull-A-Day's Steampunk Skull. A spooky Steampunk Skull Zombie Bot, rolling around vocabulating for "CENTRAL PROCESSING UNITS! CENTRAL PROCESSING UNITS!"
What? Why would a bot say 'Brains'?



This was my first time playing with LEDs from scratch, so thankfully there are a few LED calculator sites so I could pick the right resistor for it. 9V battery, 470 ohm resistor and 2 red LEDs in parallel. Head from Skull-A-Day.com, body is a paper covered toilet tissue tube and some components.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

#147 Pirate Trick or Treat Bot

Looks like Neutron Robot Man is going as a pirate for Halloween. Yar! Share ye booty!



Neutron Robot Man, construction paper

Thursday, October 28, 2010

#146 J-S0N

Created as an automaton for the 'Camp Creepy Halloween Spooktacular' something happened with the programming, or perhaps water got in the circuits, but J-S0N lost control. Bad news if you are a hormone saturated teen, not so bad for everyone else.



Done in inkscape, GIMP and Photo Studio, this is try #2, my previous one I forgot to copy onto my jump drive so I had to start again.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

#145 Squash Bot

Tis the time of carved gourds. So here is a robot head squash bot, made on a lil' mini pumpkin. Hard to get a good picture with the fire burning.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

#144 Battling Seizure Robots

Designed to send young cartoon watchers into convulsions and shock them into buying the latest Battling Seizure Robot.

I will put a cut to spare those affected by flashing things.

Monday, October 25, 2010

#143 CallahanBot

I know what you're thinking: 'Did he fire 635 shots or only 634?' Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I've kinda lost track myself. But being as this is a Megatech 138 Quadricating Plasma Cannon, the most powerful cannon in the world, and would blow your central processor clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punkbot?



Electrical outlet from a surge strip, PS2 to USB adapters, funky pin. And a paraphrased Dirty Harry quote.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

#142 Shaking hands with the three legged bot

Is that a grounding wire or are you just happy to see me?



Circuit board from a dead surge suppressor, looked like a three legged bot on the back side, I will harvest the parts on the other side for future projects.

Side note - my bristlebot died, the connector to the motor broke so I can either do a very fussy solder job (of which my soldering iron has the wrong tip) or go to Goodwill and get some more phones/pagers for motor donations.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

#141 Messenger Bot

A well used messenger bot, scooting about on the one wheel darting around traffic. This one is showing rust and a tendency to drift to its right.



Switch and a scroll wheel from a mouse

Friday, October 22, 2010

#140 Bristlebot

Made another working bot, a Bristlebot using a battery, toothbrush, bobby pins for outriggers and a vibrating motor from a dead cell phone.



And my cat still could care less.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

#139 Overalls

Yep, thems some mi-t-fine overalls robot.



Thought it looked like a pair of overalls. Just me? Ok, fine, funny looking pants then.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

#138 WobbleBot Prototype

For #138 I really should have done a Misfits themed bot (We Are 138!) but didn't think about it until I saw what number I was up to. Anywho - here is my WobbleBot prototype, inspired by 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer by Randy Sarafan. The book has a wobbling drawing bot but I didn't have 4 pens that would fit the small fan I used, so I just gave it legs and let it go.
I need to pick up a couple 9 volt battery connectors and a couple switches at some point so I can finish this up.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

#137 Typeface

The Victorian era produced some amazing advances in technology. Typeface the Automaticated Mechanical Embossing Assistant is one of those.
Always found in a fine London suit as any gentleman of the day should have. Unfortunately a steam overload while trying to reproduce the works of Charles Dickens sent it to the scrap heap.



Shopping of a Victorian man, old light bulb, steam gauge and a classic typewriter. Typewriter featured on Dark Roasted Blend's feature on unusual typewriters.

Monday, October 18, 2010

#136 Found Robot - Future Robo Polo?

Found this guy on a trip to the fabric store, I think it's just begging to become a robo polo accessory.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

#135 Pancake Bots

Mmmmmm, pancakes. A couple attempts at freehand robot pancakes. More difficult to get the batter to do what I wanted than I expected. Perhaps a robot pancake form is in order.
Second one is robot with sausage arms/legs which looks sorta like a squashed bug.

All evidence eaten.

Friday, October 15, 2010

#133 Strange bot in a strange land

It appears to be a super smoggy day, but that doesn't bother this bot, it doesn't need oxygen so smog is no problem. Or fog. Or whatever is smeared all over the paper.



Wanted to do some sumi-e style painting but I lack a good soft long bristled brush, real sumi-e ink and correct paper. So black tempra on watercolor paper it is!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

#132 VIctorian Robot at the Ball

A rare painting of a Victorian-era Robot attending a ball. The image was painted by James Jacques Joseph Tissot.



Shopping of a Tissot painting "Too Early" from 1873.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

#131 Robot Song

I haven't played with Garage Band in a long time so I figured I would throw out a quick loop of Bender Bending Rodriguez.




Uploaded to my Rusted Skull website

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

#130 Acorn Assembly

Yes, yes. Another Autumn related robot. What can I say? I love fall! Acorns arranged in a roboto-ish shape.

Monday, October 11, 2010

#129 Chestnut Invasion!

More autumnal automatons invade! What is thought to be an annoying poisonous nut that dings cars and gets hucked by kids may actually be an invading nanobot. Seen here is one unpacked and another unpacking itself from the spiky delivery vehicle.



Horse chestnuts, glittery pipe stems and sequins.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

#128 Retro Robot

For the next binary day (101010) I wanted to pull another special project out, so what is old is what is new.

SUBMIT TO THE DECOUPAGE! (had to do the Homestar Runner/Strong Bad reference).

Stained plaque with cut-out of some serious 1970s droids - R2D2 and C3PO, decoupaged and varnished. You know you grew up in the 70s if you had at least one decoupaged item on your wall (I had a surf scene). C3PO did program Binary Load Lifters previously so there's your 101010 reference.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

#127 Autumnal Equinox Bot

Autumnal Equinox Bot is designed to report back when fall foliage colors are at their peak, an important part of tourism in some regions.



Leaf, trusty reused part.

Friday, October 8, 2010

#126 M-ET KLY, Clown Robot

Seen here at the 1964 New York Worlds Fair is M-ET KLY, the first attempt at a clown automaton. Unfortunately for this Weary Will-E the real Weary Willie unleashed a fury that we all suspect clowns are capable of and through a swift corporate law action M-ET disappeared, some believe to the bottom of the East River, all we know is Emmett Kelly Jr. would not say, just put on his sad clown face and walk away.



Shopping together my Neutron Man Robot and a photo of Emmett Kelly Jr. in his 'Weary Willie' get up from the 1964 NY Worlds Fair photo located at wikimedia commons, a public domain photo.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

#125 Robot Corn (Ornamental Variety)

Corn, Robotic, Ornamental. 1 Each.

Robot Corn (Ornamental) is wondering if the creator will continue to anthropomorphize other fall decorative vegetables and gourds. Chances are yes, it will continue to happen.




Ornamental corn, googly eyes, silvery pipe stems. It will keep Acorn Bot company.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

#124 Gunslinger

This one looks pretty quick on the draw, will you be its huckleberry?



Nightlight bulb, .17 cent clearance faucet handle, wire, computer parts. Also testing out my homemade light box, so far so good - hoping to up the quality of my smaller robot pics.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

#123 Cyborg Knievel

Why yes I am reusing yesterday's bot. And yes, I am being a lazy creator this week - work has killed my creativity so far. Tomorrow will hopefully be better.

Evel Knievel's head in a jar. On a tripod. What? You don't have a head of Knievel in a jar? Tsk, you're missing out - how will you ever get your Futurama-style head museum going?



Evel Knievel action figure head (I only had the head left, I wasn't easy on stunts with him growing up), Jorby tripod, jar.

Monday, October 4, 2010

#122 Skullpod Bot

Resembling something out of a horror movie or video game comes the Skullpod Bot!



Made from a Jorby tripod and Halloween skull.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

#121 Birthday Bot Cards

My wife and mother in-law are totally on board the robot routine now. Birthday cards from both involved robots. Wife did the wheeled bot (with METAL cake!) and mom did the fabric cut out from some old fabric from a previous project. Thank you!


Saturday, October 2, 2010

#120 Birthday Bot!

'Beep!' that's robot for 'Happy Birthday!'
Today is my birthday so I did a simple robot on my cake using decorating gel from a tube. Were I to do it again I'd just get some food coloring and make royal icing and squeeze it out from a bag - better control than the little gel tube. But oh well, we're working hard on eating the evidence.

Friday, October 1, 2010

#119 Binary Steampunk Skull

Since it is a binary day (100110) I made a binary bot in ASCII Art, took #75 Robot Skull and ran it through an ASCII Art Generator located Sporkforge.com and Voila!



Sporkforge has some cool tools on the website that are worth a look including a tilt-shift photo generator.