This week’s mascot has been inspired by a recent trip to the New York City Maker Faire. What an amazing event, robots, 3-d printers, robots, a life sized version of Mouse Trap, robots, contraption bicycles, and even some robots.
Oh yeah and this thing:
The Sashimi Tabernacle Chior!
Yeah, you missed out!
Anyway, the consistent technology prevalent at the event was this wonderful open source Project known as Arduino.
From looking at it it, I’m sure you are underwhelmed, but this awesome little board has the power to give anyone the ability to create insane types of projects! From pants that you can use as a keyboard, to motion sensitive musical controllers, and even yes, robots! You are only limited by your imagination, and ability to teach yourself. The programming language is easy to learn, even for me! I am using mine for a puppetry project, that I have been trying to figure out for a while. It will be awesome.
I love drawing robots, seriously I have been drawing them since I was exposed to these guys:
I think it was about 4 million years ago!
So, I decided to use this opportunity to create a robotic mascot. His name is Tink, as in tinker. One of the major themes of the Arduino project, is the concept of tinkering, taking things apart, understanding their insides, and being able to re-purpose them to invent new and interesting creations. I decided on a robot because of the huge DIY communities dedicated to creating robots, using Arduino, which one day I hope I can somehow be a part of… I can paint their faces! I know Tink does not look like a robot you build in your garage, but imagination and possibilities are huge concepts when it comes to the device, so anything can be possible.
Initially I was going for a design that looked like a robot cobbled together from obsolete electronics, but I was troubled by using too many technologies to identify the product. A robot just works well with the concept. And if you are wondering why he is holding a paint brush, and soldering iron; well I think those are the two tools that can best describe what it’s like working with Arduino. The ability to control technology to create new forms of art… I love it.
Ok, apologies for the long wait since the last post, I have started a second personal project that involves a whole lot of drawing, writing and more drawing. It rhymes with Ceb Womic! It may or may not be ready in time for NYC Comic Con. But, I will post another mascot next week and more mascot related or unrelated stories. In the mean time let me know what you think.
Until next time… Roll out!