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In the pursuit to evolve and grow the biotopes, some of the species have bred forming 500 hundred new young, The Blubber Bots are offspring of the Autonomous Light Air Vessels (ALAVs). The Blubber Bots call for participation from the audience. Through educating an audience from a more hands on experience, Blubber Bots can be assembled and let loose into the world by anyone willing to do so. I am working toward a more ambitious biotope imagining hundreds of Blubber Bots inhabiting a central location. With your help, this vision maybe upon us soon

What is a Blubber Bot?
Blubber Bots are floating DIY robotic species that navigate autonomously and intelligently. Blubber Bots float, dance, seek and sing. They are light-seeking hellium-filled balloons that graze the landscape in search of light and cellphone signals. Designed into the inflatable form is a set of light sensors enabling them to seek out the brightest light source. They are also equipped with a phone flasher and can recognize cellphone activity. You can interact with a Blubber Bot by making a call and waving your phone near it. In response, it will go into a flocking dance or sing you a special tune.

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Brandts, Odense, Denmark
35 Blubbers in a solo exhibit
“Beluga Pod”, Opening Reception Nov. 13, 5pm-7pm
Dates: 11.13.2008 – 11.30.2008

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MOCA, Taipei
Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei
DEF, group exhibit (ALAVs 2.0)
Dates: 9.12.2008 – 11.09.2008

Make Pt1347
Blubber Bot Robotic Inflatable
Part of a family of “Transitional Species,” Blubber Bots are Do-It-Yourself robotic inflatables that navigate autonomously and intelligently. They are light-seeking helium-filled balloons that graze the landscape in search of light and cellphone signals.

Features:

  • Designed into the inflatable form is a set of light sensors enabling them to seek out the brightest light source. They are also equipped with a phone flasher and can recognize cellphone activity. You can interact with a Blubber Bot by making a call and waving your phone near it. In response, they will go into a flocking dance or sing you a special tune.
  • Social and friendly in nature, Blubber Bots like to play. You can invite other Blubber Bots over for a party to watch them flock and mingle. They propel themselves using helium buoyancy and two-directional motors. They are a little clumsy though and tend to bump into things. Fortunately, Blubber Bots are born with a feeler (bump switch) to help them out of tricky situations. At a flick of the “feeler”, they back up and head in a new direction.
  • Not only do they like to play, but they love to sing. Blubber Bots have a unique voice generated from a vibrating motor and a small piezo speaker attached to their mylar bodies. They bellow sounds similar to a whale’s song and serenade you with melodies. When not being played with, they rest while tooting periodic sounds in their sleep, dreaming until they once again are awakened.

Make Pt1346
You can also get MAKE 12 – Featuring the Blubber bot.
Make, Vol 12 features our special section on digital arts and crafts called “Upload,” where you’ll learn how to take infrared photographs, shoot movies with custom backgrounds, and make fun-to-watch slideshows of your digital family photos. You’ll also learn how to make an extremely loud air whistle, a solar-powered xylophone, and a TV remote control that’s powered by your muscles. As usual, you’ll find plenty of other exciting how-to projects inside.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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