Ro­bots off to Maker Faire Fes­ti­val

Te Puke Times - - NEWS / SPORT -

In Oc­to­ber 2016, the fa­ther-of-two came up with the idea to create ro­bots out of house­hold rub­bish, which then “fight” against oth­ers of its kind.

Many peo­ple from all over the world have caught an in­ter­est in the cre­ation of John’s Stupid Ro­bot Fight­ing League, in­clud­ing one fan from Spain who cre­ated a Stupid Ro­bot called Mur­ray from the other side of the world.

“The more time goes by with this con­cept, the less ideas I con­sider bad,” John says.

About 20 ro­bots have been cre­ated which take about two hours to build and dec­o­rate.

“The dec­o­ra­tions give the Stupid Ro­bot per­son­al­ity and are hot glued on, this means that they will smash off and add to the spec­ta­cle,” he says.

John de­scribes the cre­ations as “life­sized, ro­botic-less ro­bots con­trolled with poles”.

The idea was in­spired by a “kid’s in­stinct to poke a dead an­i­mal with a stick”. John says once you add bits of rub­bish to that stick you es­sen­tially have the Stupid Ro­bot Fight­ing League.

John is go­ing to be show­cas­ing his ro­bots at this year’s in­au­gu­ral Maker Faire Fes­ti­val in Welling­ton on Novem­ber 4 at Shed 6.

“I’m to­tally amped to be go­ing down,” he says.

Cap­i­tal E cre­ative pro­ducer of pub­lic pro­grammes Karen Carey says Cap­i­tal E is look­ing for­ward to bring­ing this in­no­va­tive fes­ti­val to New Zealand for the first time.

“Cap­i­tal E is a place where we en­cour­age cre­ative ex­pres­sion, which is why we are so ex­cited to bring this amaz­ing fes­ti­val to New Zealand.

“Maker Faire is for any­one and ev­ery­one, the dream­ers, the cre­atives, the tech ob­sessed, the mak­ers and the DIY-en­thu­si­asts. We hope the fes­ti­val brings out the maker in ev­ery­one and we en­cour­age at­ten­dees to get cu­ri­ous and crafty and dis­cover some­thing new,” Karen says.

■ Maker Faire is on Novem­ber 4 at Queens Wharf, Shed 6 and Cap­i­tal E in Welling­ton. All ages are wel­come. Tick­ets cost $9 for adults, from https://welling­ton.mak­er­faire.com/tick­ets. Chil­dren get free en­try.

PHOTO / SUP­PLIED

"Mojo Crow" (left) and "The North­ern Out­post" bat­tle their bots at a re­cent fight in Auck­land.

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