Washingtonians should prepare themselves for a wearable, robotics, and musical display of unparalleled proportions as DC Bike Party hits the streets to celebrate both May’s theme, “Robot Ride”, as well as the release of Daft Punk’s new album, “Random Access Memories“. On Wednesday, May 8 at 8PM the group will begin their 8 mile bike ride from DuPont Circle to U Street sporting the latest Tron and robotics ware. Mobile DJ in tow, these cyclist will pedal to the tunes of Daft Punk songs while riding by DC landmarks before ending at Brixton on U Street.
This may be too far off the geek end for some but we were browsing the Trossen Robotics forums and found this list of 101 cool robot t-shirts. If you love t-shirts and robots like we do, be sure to check it out. The list has a nice mix of creative, geeky, and artsy options from all over the web.
We’re particularly fond of these:
So we read about this a while ago, but just have to bring it up again because it is so friggin’ scary. We’re trying to think of how something like this can be used in not-so-sketchy ways, but …*shudder*…I don’t know. My skin literally crawls at the prospect of this thing coming out of my toilet or vents. Just not cool. What’s even scarier is that these may be used as a means of Homeland Security. Yeah, that’s right. Big Dog, the swarm of crawly things and now this ingenious creation of Carnegie Melon students are all coming to get you and your little kids too. I mean, don’t me wrong, these things are highly impressive and a demonstration of man’s growing technological capabilities. But seriously, I can think of just as many dangerous examples as I could positive uses for zee robo-snake. Armagedon-esque future aside, how does the every day person use this? What are we doing we this besides scaring the ba-jesus out of an unsuspecting someone?
Well, WW wants to turn the scary into the sexy. Image a bag strapped on one end that, when activated, wraps itself around your arm or your neck or your chair… you get the picture.
The cool and ahhh factors weigh in the heaviest in our decision to take on this project. I initially didn’t even feel the idea of a creepy crawly snake wrapping around me and honestly, we’re still struggling to find practical uses for this. I was convinced that it didn’t have to look like a deadly beast but could be sheathed in plastic and foam to make it more approachable.
So, we ironed out a few basics and we’re going to work with our robotics brethren to make a cool prototype and keep you posted on the details. If anyone wants to beat us to this, have the decency to hit us up don’t re-invent the inventive wheel.