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Alien sculpture made from 1,200 lbs of motorcycle steel

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2010

There are few things scarier than the Aliens from Alien, even when they are made from steel. This is the work of three artists from the Irish company RoboSteel, who gathered 4,000 pieces of steel and then welded together this “Alien Queen”.

This 8-foot sculpture would be even scarier than the one in Ridley Scott’s film, because it’s right there in your face. What’s not scary is that it is green. 90% of the Alien’s 1,200 pounds of parts are recycled from Yamaha motorcycles.

Ouroborus Domino sculpture rebuilds itself

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2010

If you are a fan of dominoes, you’ll appreciate this. Normally when you set up a bunch of dominoes, it is painstaking work that is all gone in an instant when they topple. So if you’re the lazy sort, then the Ouroborus Domino structure is for you.

It reconstructs itself after a single round of five times. The pieces automatically erect again. The Ouroborus Domino structure was created by Karl Lautman. He of course can now watch it as many times as he wants without setting them all up. Video below.

7 foot long LEGO Star Wars Mon Calamari cruiser

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2009

7 foot long LEGO Star Wars Mon Calamari cruiserYou can buy anything and everything Star Wars if you are an extreme geek, but this here ship is so awesome, it beats all of them. This seven foot long model of the Calamari Cruiser from Return of The Jedi was built by Thomas Benedikt who used 30,500 Lego pieces. It took about 11 months to get it complete with all that detail. That’s 52 pounds of Lego.

The end cost was $5500. And it does more than just look awesome too. It also has an integrated lighting system for cool effects. Thomas Benedikt is obviously a huge fan as well as super talented.

Mario Kart sculpture made with office supplies

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2009

Mario Kart sculpture made with office suppliesWhy be bored at work, when you can build your own version of Mario Kart? Made using bits and pieces that you have around your desk already. Donald Kenny created this awesome little Mario sculpture. It’s right up there with the Starship Enterprise built from office supplies.

It’s made using coins, binder clips, wire, and other found office supplies. Have your buddies build some others, like Bowser, Koopa and Toad. Plus create some small turtle shells and bananas and soon you will be racing in the break room.

17 geek Lego statues

Posted in Lists by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2008

homerWhy are geeks drawn to Legos? They’re fun sure. You can create original stuff and recreate almost anything imaginable. It probably has something to do with why the pyramids were constructed in Egypt. Humans just need to create. And since the dawn of time geeks have been the most innovative and creative. Here’s a look at a bunch of random cool statues all done up in lego. Statues used to be made from bronze, steel, gold, concrete… But the age of Lego is at hand.

Alien tables by Pro Mech

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on September 8th, 2008

Alien tables by Pro MechThis is the creepy sequel to our original article on Aliens furniture. When we first told you about this weird taxiderm from Ripley’s dreams, the pieces didn’t look so polished and it would appear that a different person or persons are making these.

It doesn’t make them any less creepy and most wives would kill you for decorating with something that looks so evil at night. Each piece is hand crafted from used car and bike parts, tools and other recycled metal objects, so each one is unique. The coffee table stands 32 inches high and is 27.5 inches in diameter and costs about $500. One can only hope that these creative people set their sights on making Terminators soon as well. That way the aliens will have something to fight.

Steve Jobs bobblehead iPhone dock: Steve is watching you

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 10th, 2008

Steve Jobs bobblehead iPhone dock: Steve is watching you
Somewhat like god, it seems that Steve Jobs is always around in some form. Some guy wasn’t content with his iPhone dock, so this bobblehead sculptor created this interesting looking iPhone dock that features a super-detailed Steve Jobs, so detailed it’s as if he is giving a keynote speech.

Just watch him watching you, talk to him now and then while you are charging(He’ll nod. He’s really listening). He really looks like he has an important announcement to make about an upcoming product that he knows you’ll overpay for. You know he’s still looking a little thin too, especially next to the iPhone.

Skeleton made up of old melted cassettes

Posted in music by Conner Flynn on July 23rd, 2008

Skeleton made up of old melted cassettes
Many of us have a closet full of old cassette tapes that we haven’t seen since at least the mid nineties. Did you ever think that they could turn into something useful? Like a creepy and cool skeleton for instance?

Brian Dettmer is a man who knows what to do with old music. Melt it and let your music rise from the ashes as something undead. It’s especially appropriate if you use heavy metal tapes. Never throw anything away people. Instead, make it into something else. Imagine how much creepier it would have looked had he used VHS tapes.

Beer Barrel R2-D2 Steampunk sculpture

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on July 3rd, 2008

Beer Barrel R2-D2 Steampunk sculpture
Here’s what you get when a mad scientist from the 19th century creates a droid. The only thing missing is C3PO in a gentleman’s suit and bowler. It was made by Deviant Art user Amoebabloke, who has mad droid modding talent.

It’s got to be one of the cooler steampunk projects I’ve seen. In fact I want this droid to have it’s own show, solving crimes in Victorian London, meeting Jack the Ripper etc. Have my people call your people.

Little Big Man: A robot with a robot inside

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 16th, 2008

Little Big Man: A robot with a robot inside
Nemo Gould, a mechanical sculptor, assembled the Big Man robot from all kinds junk materials ranging from vacuum cleaner parts to chair legs and he even used floor polisher. The Robot is a respectable 8 feet tall and has a little robot inside that controls him.

The Big Man robot moves it’s hands to and fro and it can also move it’s mouth up and down. The “Little Man” in it’s chest moves levers that control Big Man. It doesn’t get much more awesome then watching a tiny robot control a big robot with antlers on it’s head. Video below.

Moving sculpture is steered by flies

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2008

Moving sculpture is steered by flies
This strange looking contraption is a battery powered vehicle. It putters around a New York art gallery looking like…art. What’s interesting about it is the driver or drivers. It’s course is directed and steered entirely by flies. The plastic bubble is filled with large houseflies, and the food and water that nourishes them. That’s right, the enslavement of flies has begun.

The lights that you see shining on the flies keep them warm and as the flies do their thing, the reflections that the lights make on the top of the bubble change. Sensors send the changing light data to a controller that activates the motor and steers the machine accordingly. It’s the brainchild of David Bowen, an artist who has also created machines that track flies’ movements and make huge drawings. Pretty cool. I wonder what else they can power.

Opto-Isolator makes artwork come to life

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2008

Opto-Isolator makes artwork come to life
The Opto-Isolator is a black box prototype that seeks to incorporate robotic technology into artwork to make it more lively and interactive. The idea is that one day soon, there will be some artworks that can exchange eye contact with human beings. The eye mounted in the center of the black box responds to the gaze of whoever is staring at it and stares back.

It has a bunch of psycho-social eye-contact behaviors like looking into the viewer’s eyes directly, studying the viewer’s face, or looking away coyly when it’s been stared at for too long. It could be part of human or animal sculptures. Check out a video after the jump.