Robots off to Maker Faire Festival
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.
"Mojo Crow" (left) and "The Northern Outpost" battle their bots at a recent fight in Auckland.