Handmade manual drawing machine by Niklas Roy made with simple materials - video embedded below:
This plotter is made entirely out of cardboard, welding rod, rubber bands, adhesive tape and super glue. The digital memory is a little book with plenty of different drawing codes, which are written down as coordinates. In this video I’m entering the first code, which makes the plotter draw “hello world”.
You can find out more about the project at Niklas’ blog here
A room-sized single-line drawing based on the flight pattern of a bee created with robotic drawing system:
Towards the end of 2012, as part of The Festival of the Mind in Sheffield, myself and a small team of technicians, coders and mathematicians developed a drawing system and put it to work. The robots drew one line pattern solutions, the shortest line possible, derived from theories on how bees fly from flower to flower. It ended up covering three walls and the floor of a twenty foot cube in one unbroken line.
London design brand creates cheap creative drawing machine with simple materials - video demonstration below:
A do-it-yourself way to make art! An oak cotton reel, peg, felt tip pen, rubber band and a small bit of wax is all that’s required to create this drawing machine that will inspire the Picasso in anyone. All materials are included in this self-assembly kit.
Obviously too late for Christmas, but more info to buy one can be found here
“Rocking-Knit” is a new interpretation of the rocking chair. It offers its user productive moments of relaxation. The to-and-fro movement of this armchair knits hats for the winter and requires no exertion whatsoever.
You can find out more about the exhibition at ECAL here
Publishing system can create retail-quality printed books from file to bound copy in five minutes - video below:
The patented Espresso Book Machine® (EBM) makes a paperback book in minutes, at point of need. Through its EspressNet® digital catalog of content, books can be ordered online or onsite at bookstores, libraries, and non-bookstore retailers. Over seven million in-copyright and public-domain titles are available on the network. The technology is also ideal for self and custom publishing.
DC motors, linear bearings, semi-opaque glass, custom made tool head, controller, custom made Scriptographer.org script Produced with Defekt GmbH, with support of: Sitemapping.ch, Festo SE and Pro Helvetia.
Kickstarter project to produce small handmade kinetic art / walking machines made from bamboo - video embedded below:
The Humble Velocipede is a small-scale evolution of Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest kinetic sculpture. This meditative toy is designed to scuttle over countertops and coffee tables. Its stride is human powered, but the Velocipede really holds its own on shallow inclines.
This project started when we built a life-size plywood Strandbeest. The big machine was gorgeous, but bulky and inconvenient to transport. Curious about what it would look like as a toy, we built one just for fun. It turned out better than any of us expected, so we refined our design for production. Instead of shrinking down Jansen’s original, we recast that organic appeal for a domestic space. We think we’ve made a playful desktop sprite that is as captivating around the house as Jansen’s are on the beach.
The walking mechanism behind the toy is inherently complex. With production in mind, we made our design as simple as possible …
Smart design from student Richard Burrow creating a minimalistic yet practical solution to an often heavy tool - via Leibal:
Presented at the London graduate show, New Designers, Foldable Sewing Machine is a minimalist design created by Richard Burrow. As the name implies, Burrow designed the sewing machine’s folding functionality in order to reduce waste and allow for easier mobility and storage.
“Too often we are encouraged to throw away something when it is broken, and replace it with something new. Clothing items are regularly thrown as we believe its often cheaper to replace than repair. When in most cases it isn’t. Sewing Machines are often designed in a similar way, with many being over designed with far too many features. They are also big, and bulky.”
Julian F Bond has made a sculpture tool to create clay vases with a blocky pixel / voxel like exterior. Video embedded below:
Julian Bond’s pixel vases are produced using a mould that is made up of over 1300 individual plaster sticks, measuring 10*10mm, which are able to be moved individually to form unique shapes. This is unlike a normal slip casting mould in that the mould is not fixed. Once the user is happy with the design, clay slip is poured into the mould. The cast vessel is then removed and fired. The technique allows rapid manufacturing of individual ceramic objects; the simplicity of the machine also means that someone that has no experience in ceramics can use it to produce their own pieces. JulianFBond.co.uk
DIY Japanese full-size mecha robot project controllable by smartphone and Kinect. Via Plastic Pals:
Suidobashi Heavy Industry (an impressive name for what is in reality a small group of dedicated giant robot afficionados), is in the process of building the first 3.8 meter (12 ft 5 inch) tall, 4,500 kg (4.9 ton) single-occupant mecha. The ambitious group is made up of Kogoro Kurata (production), Wataru Yoshizaki (control circuitry), and Yusuke Kitani. They’ve opted for V-SIDO software to handle the mecha’s master-slave controls (developed by Asura Engineering), and plan to have the mecha, named Vaudeville, fully operational by the end of this year.
According to the official website:
Vaudeville has the AE “V-Sido”, the control system of the computer technology is watched by all world with interest. Not only operating by boarding the pilot’s seat, but also enabling you to control and interact Vaudeville with Kinect*. Moreover, without taking a professional training such as a combat plane, people can operate it easily. Furthermore, you can control Vaudeville via the mobile 3G Internet access.
Here is a video of the machine demonstrating it’s controls:
The project is not complete, but you can find more information at the official website here
Art installation comprised of various life-support machines connected and dependent on each other, an artificial life-form:
A number of life-support machines are connected to each other, circulating liquids and air in attempt to mimic a biological structure.
The Immortal investigates human dependence on electronics, the desire to make machines replicate organisms and our perception of anatomy as reflected by biomedical engineering.
A web of tubes and electric cords is interwoven in closed circuits through a Heart-Lung Machine, Dialysis Machine, an Infant Incubator, a Mechanical Ventilator and an Intraoperative Cell Salvage Machine.
The organ replacement machines operate in orchestrated loops, keeping each other alive through circulation of electrical impulses, oxygen and artificial blood.
Salted water acts as blood replacement: throughout the artificial circulatory system minerals are added and filtered out again, the blood gets oxygenated via contact with the oxygen cycle, an ECG device monitors the system’s heartbeat. As the fluid pumps around the room in a meditative pulse, the sound of mechanical breath and slow humming of motors resonates in the body through a comforting yet disquieting soundscape.
Here is a video preview of the work in action, embedded below:
Textpresso - World’s First Text-Enabled Espresso Machine
Coffee machine which can prepare your preferred drink by text message, using a robot to guide your cup, and a printer to place an edible marker on the coffee foam to indicate who it belongs to.This can clearly be seen in the video embedded below:
From Zipwhip, a cloud text message company who are using this as a promotional item:
Textspresso. It’s a beautiful thing. In order to combine our cloud texting service with Seattle’s technology and coffee cultures, we created a machine that sends and receives text messages while simultaneously making a coffee. You heard right. We’ve got a robotic barista in the house. Did we mention there’s also a warming plate to keep your coffee warm? Once that feature was completed we decided to take things to the next level. We added an edible ink jet printer that provided a truly over the top touch. The build was completed with lots of head-scratching and weekend work. It was worth it. We’re having trouble keeping beans on hand and our engineers are working through the night.
They claim there will be no commercial production of the machine, but are considering putting the project out as open-source in the future.
You can find out more about the project here Discovered via MAKE
Spirograph-like drawing machine constructed with two turntables:
The revolution of the records create drawings that serve as a markers of temporality. The drawings also speak to the idea of the editionable print through their ability to be replicated using domestic materials.
It’s truely impressive when you see it in action (and wonder why it hasn’t been done before), as you can see in the video embed below: