This Week: The Bumblecopter
This sturdy mid-sized copter bot is not an uncommon sight in the airways above metropolitan areas. The Bumblecopter is quite flexible and it’s autonomous programable behavior lends it to be used across a spectrum of functions. This whirlygig is often used for pleasure cruising (without the hassle of learning how to fly or hire a pilot) as an airborne patrol system, delivery bot, or even as every kiddies favorite pram. While not particularly fast, it is very stable and reliable, outfitted with four landing legs which allow it land on extremely small perches, and it can be equipped with a variety of top loaded utilities, including cabs, cargo holds, scientific equipment, and a whole lot more.
This week: The Helifer
Can be spotted at the holidays, flying around spreading cheer. Happy Holidays everyone!
This week: The Pocket-Copter
While you couldn’t actually fit a pocket copter in your pocket it’s hard to imagine a whirly-bird smaller than this little guy. Pocket-copters are outfitted with a single prop, a movable viewing sensor, and a fin that doubles as landing gear. Typically these copters are sold as toys, but they have been known to be used for surveillance purposes. Though they can’t fly particularly high, they can fit in tight spaces, like through open windows and into your bedroom. They have the added benefit of being very cheap to build as they don’t often last very long, especially considering what happens to pocket-copters when they enter ones home uninvited.
And in case you were wondering I’m still having a sale at my Etsy shop. EVERYTHING is 25% off. Just enter the code: WHIRLY HOLIDAY when you check out.
Continuing the Whirly Robots Series: The Mechacopter
Plagued by aliens running amok in your neighborhood? Are horrible mutant creatures ravaging the country side? Is an evil warlord bent on world domination? Look no further than the Mechacopter. A massive helicopter robot with a penchant for action. Sometimes piloted by aces or teenage boys, sometimes completely autonomous, the Mechacopter is there when you need to punch a bad-guy in the nose.
Who doesn’t like gadgets in this holiday season? What better to pick up your spirits as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder than with a clever little doodad or geegaw. From now until the end of the year I’ll be featuring the robotic copters from the world of Whirlies. Starting things off, I give you….
This bot-copter is a finder of lost pets. It’s small, barely bigger than a person, and agile, it can fit through most doorways, and does well zipping down alleyways. If your pet gets lost, all you need do is call up a Pongibotcopter. These whirlies come equipped with a powerful loudspeaker, specially designed to sound appealing to most animals. They are also outfitted with Gentletouch technology grasping arms which ensure that your pet is never harmed when found by a Pongibotcopter.
Footnote: A few cases have been known of rogue Pongibotcopters who have broken their code and no longer search for pets. The strange thing about these cases is that in nearly all of them, the rogue Pongis roam the earth searching for lonely people in need of a hug, and then hugging them.
And on another note, everything in my etsy store is still on sale!!!! Enter code: WHIRLY HOLIDAY and save 25%!
My artwork which premiered in Jesse Lonergan’s art book Robots is now available as a limited edition digital print. These prints are 12″ x 15″ and fit comfortably in an 11″ x 14″ frame or mat. Each print is numbered and signed, there are and will only ever be 12 of them available. I’m selling them on Etsy, or you can get them directly via paypal below. Or if you happen to be going to MECAF in a week and a half (May 20) I’ll have them there as well. Woowoo! Below is a little blurb I wrote about the piece which didn’t appear in Robots due to space restraints.
No one knows for sure when and where “One Android” was constructed, or who constructed him. There are some who even speculate that One Android wasn’t built in a traditional fashion. All we do know is that he has the tendency to gravitate toward large and typically ornery beings of one kind or another. Case in point, meet Megabotcopter. Part robot, part copter, Megabotcopter is indeed one of a kind. There have been a few forays into robot/copter hybrid design in the past, a few intrepid souls who dared crossed these streams of engineering bravado, but never has such a conglomeration been braved at quite this scale. No-one is sure who built this monstrosity or even why it was built, perhaps Megabotcopter was made to do battle with irradiated beasts from beneath the ocean, perhaps to punch other giant robots in the nose, perhaps simply to befriend lonely nerdy ten year old boys, we may never know. Sightings of this engineering marvel have declined in recent years, but it’s still out there, walking, talking, flying short distances and towering over almost every robot and copter it encounters.