28 posts tagged Robots
28 posts tagged Robots
DeviantARTist madaigual created this delightful yet bittersweet piece of digital Doctor Who fan art (top image). Entitled His Master’s Voice, the piece depicts K-9, the Fourth Doctor’s robotic dog companion (who addressed the Doctor as “Master”), listening to a gramophone which appears to be playing a recording of the Doctor Who theme. Madaigual even used the image from an actual album cover bearing the face of Tom Baker, who played the Fourth Doctor.
This clever piece was inspired by the famous painting of the same title created by English painter Francis Barraud in 1899. The original painting (second image) depicting Barraud’s late brother’s dog listening to a recording of his dead master’s voice. The original painting has been a trademark in the music business since 1900, and for many years was also the name of a large record label.
Japanese Twitter user Dori Asuka used boxes of Morinaga carmels (and all sorts of papercraft skill) to create this awesome Golden Warrior Gold Lightan robot. It also transforms from humble candy box shape to mighty robot shape.
"Anime Golden Warrior Gold Lightan aired in Japan during the early 1980s and followed the adventures of a young boy and a gold cigarette lighter than turned into a giant robot. Oh, the days when children could have transforming lighters!”
UK-based artist Hetain Patel took a humble 1988 Ford Fiesta and, along with help from his car-converting father and engineer brother, turned it into an awesome sculpture called the Fiesta Transformer.
This Transformer is Hetain’s first sculptural piece. The car’s make, model, and year were specifically chosen because a 1988 Ford Fiesta was his very first car, a gift from his dad on his 17th birthday. The Fiesta Transformer is posed in a remarkably human squatting position:
"Unlike the popular toys and films, however, the car here is not a high-powered sports car or truck transformed into a powerful warrior, but rather a small inexpensive Ford Fiesta transformed into a human-like figure calmly squatting. This posture is a recurring image in my work and forges a link between the lower classes in India and my immigrant family in the U.K, both of whom sit comfortably this way. Naturally this introduces a tension in this sculpture between the seemingly submissive nature of the squat and in this case, it’s oddly larger than life scale."
Some people build bookcases, some people build boats, but one person, a Japanese engineer named Hitoshi Takahashi, decided to build a gigantic robot beetle. Mr. Takahashi spent 11 years building this awesome 17-ton, diesel-powered mechanical horned beetle.
This great big bug-bot is called the Kabutom because the particular beetle after which it was modeled is called a “kabutomushi” in Japanese. It walks using all six of its legs and is able to carry up to six adult passengers, including Power Rangers.
This is some of the geekiest, most ingenious and creative cosplay we’ve ever seen. Actually, it’s equal parts cosplay and performance art. These photos were taken in Seattle at PAX Prime 2013. If you’ve played Portal 2 by Valve then you’ll have recognized it straight away, but perhaps you didn’t recognize that there’s a human being inside that fantastic rigging. This is GLaDOS (short for Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System), the wonderfully snarky and sarcastic AI computer system from the Portal video games. Widely considered to be one of the greatest video game characters, she’s the main antagonist in both games.
The person behind and actually inside this awesome cosplay is Athena Cole, who cosplays under the name Enayla. Although she spent years puzzling over how to do it without over anthropomorphizing the non-humanoid character, she spent about three months actually creating the GLaDOS costume and suspension system.
The structure she’s hanging from in the above picture was constructed out of PVC piping and a custom harness made from parachute cords. In order to get the angle right, Cole has to face down with her belly forward and hold her head upright from that position. However, the costume is also padded to hell and back on the inside.
“I’m attached at the shoulders, ribs, hips, and upper thighs, and have a knee and foot strap to hold up my legs.” Cole said. “With all of that, the only genuinely uncomfortable part was holding my head up at that angle. Only slightly sore the next day!”
The rest of the costume is Worbla, which is apparently a special kind of molding thermoplastic favored by cosplayers. There are a lot of incredibly amazing in-progress shots on the Enayla Cosplay Facebook page and her Tumblr that show you the ridiculous level of detail that Cole used in creating the piece, right down to the crackle effect on the armor.
California-based artist Mark Bryan (previously featured here) created an awesome series of oil paintings entitled Things From Space. The series depicts a distant dystopian future in which the Earth is under attack by flying saucers and robots (even robot rabbits). Fighting back against the invaders are the likes of the Mona Lisa in a space helmet and Hello Kitty piloting a giant robot.
[via Design Taxi]
Artist Lily Tan designed and created the massive robot (seen in the top photo) in a successful attempt to create the World’s Largest 3D Balloon Sculpture. Lily and her team of 50 balloon artists spent 3 days and used 79,854 balloons to create the giant robot, which they named Sentinel.
[via Mental Floss]
Amit Drori and Tel Aviv-based designer Noam Dover created an awesome menagerie of robotic animal sculptures, which are powered by servo motors and remote-controlled by puppeteers, for theatrical production entitled Savanna, A Possible Landscape, which premiered in 2011.
Photos by Noam Dover and Michal Cederbaum
If you enjoy giant robots and pink frilly things, this awesome pink, jewel-encrusted RX-78-2 Gundam figure might be the ideal toy for you. According to Pink Tentacle, the fantastically girlie Gundam was created by a Taiwanese fan in 2009 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Gundam Series.