Wall-E Hobbyists Build Robots Resembling Wall-E
Posted on May 29, 2009
Wired reports that building Wall-E has become the focus of DIY roboticists.
A Wall-E builders' group has nearly 3,000 members worldwide. The groups website can be found at wall-ebuilders.com. They also have posted lots of photos here on Flickr of the Wall-E bots they have built."It's a lot of reverse engineering," says Bruce Shields, who is better known among DIY roboticists by his screen name Jawa Lunk. "It's a release, a relaxing hobby that is enjoyable. When you are done you can look at it and say 'this is it, this is the end.'"
Wall-E, the bug-eyed robot star of the movie, is clearly the hot favorite in this DIY community. But other robots from the film, such as Eve, M-O and Autopilot, have also been brought to life. Some of the group's homemade bots will be on display this weekend at the Maker Faire, a festival of DIY arts, crafts and technology in San Mateo, California.
When the first trailer of Wall-E was released in October 2007, Shields says he found a robot that the world could love. A Michigan-based pastor with a strong interest in robotics, he created the Wall-E builders' group. In its first few weeks, the group collected about 400 members. And they tried to find every little nugget, image or slice of video that could offer a hint to how the robot functioned.
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