MAKE Newsletter for September 14, 2007
Alt Vehicles and Hektor the Spray-Painting Robot
Our MAKE Volume 11 special "alt.vehicles" section brings you plans for making a mobile drive-in movie theater, a cool chopper out of an old granny bicycle, and a pedal-powered iPod charger. We'll also show you how to make a remote control bird feeder to take amazing photos of birds, a vintage-style remote control race car out of sheet metal, and a vacuum former that lets you create molded 3D parts out of plastic in your kitchen. These articles are just the tip of the iceberg in this project-packed volume of MAKE:
Also, we recently checked out Hektor the spray-painting robot. Read on for our photos and videos.
From Hektor's homepage:
"Hektor is a portable Spray-paint Output Device for laptop computers. It was created in close collaboration with engineer Uli Franke for Jürg Lehni's diploma project at écal (école cantonale d'art de Lausanne) in 2002.
Hektors light and fragile installation consists only of two motors, toothed belts, and a can holder that handles regular spray cans. The can is moved along drawing paths just as the human hand or old plotters would. During operation, the mechanism sometimes trembles and wobbles, and the paint often drips. The contrasts between these low-tech aspects and the high-tech touch of the construction hold ambiguous and poetic qualities and make Hektor enjoyable to watch in action."
From the MAKE Blog
Here's a video Link (mp4) of Hektor the spray-painting robot! - Link.