Make: Daft Punk Helmet, Foundation Complete

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Sep/09
4

The curved part of the helmet uses a traditional baseball helmet (no vents) that I cut and sanded to fit the paper framework. I ended up removing the entire visor portion of the baseball helmet since the position of the Daft Punk visor is actually significantly higher. I also made the helmet about 2-3 inches shorter along the bottom rim.

In addition to the thick paper that makes up the form, I used a thin foam board to better define the edges.

Then, hours of cutting and applying masking tape to connect the two together and form the right shape.

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Now that the foundations is complete, I’ll be coating the entire thing in automotive Bondo. Then, lots and lots of sanding.

Make: Arcade Controller, First Round of Laser Cuts

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Sep/09
0

The initial laser cut ply came in today for the arcade controller I’ve been working on. Everything came out clean and fit together nicely. I’m still waiting to get the acrylic top to be made alongside some foundational pieces that will sturdy up the inside.

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And now you know, the controller will be Space Invader themed! Bleep bloop.

Make: Daft Punk Helmet, Ears

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Sep/09
1

The end cap for the ear is formed by the bottom of a soda can. I found that normal cans were a little too big for the cutout so I ended up using the bottom of a large Red Bull can.

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Once the paper frame work is done, I’ll be attaching it to a modified baseball helmet. Then, we bondo / epoxy the entire thing to start forming the final shape.

Make: Daft Punk Helmet, The Thomas Bangalter

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Sep/09
5

Started working on my Daft Punk Thomas Bangalter helmet tonight. It will have LEDs, oh yes, it will have LEDs.

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Make your own! The model files can be downloaded here:

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If anybody wants to follow along, I’ll continue to post progress shots and insights on how to replicate.

Make: Monome x Arcade Buttons, Video!

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Sep/09
6

Monome x Arcade Buttons from Defcon6 on Vimeo.

Monome x Arcade Buttons is all done and it’s super fun to play with!

In this quick video I made, the lights indicate when a note is hit and the buttons change a scale arpeggiation (Running Max/Msp + Midi/OSC converter + Polygome + Ableton Live 8 + Commodore64 VST). This is just one of the many things it can do!

Make: Arcade Controller, Initial Laser Cut Design

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Sep/09
0

I started an initial Illustrator design for the laser cutting this weekend. It’s going to be a fully laser cut box with no exposed screws. The foundation is going to a nice light ply and the control panel is going to be surfaced with a glossy black acrylic.

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Make: Arcade Controller, Box mockup

4
Sep/09
1

Tonight’s project was building a mock box out of paper for my arcade controller. The main design goal was an emphasis on a low profile since a lot of the controllers available on the market are quite bulky.

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The entire box is going to be laser cut so it will require minimal work to assemble and can be easily reproduced.

Make: Arcade Controller, Parts!

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Sep/09
0

All the buttons and joysticks came in the mail today! Next up, designing a panel in illustrator and then off to the laser cutter.

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Make: Recycled Door Workspace

27
Aug/09
1

Here are some pictures I took of my workspace. The blue work bench is made out of a door I found near the dumpster outside my old apartment. The legs are actually upside down fence posts bolted to the door.

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My living room. New couch + Sony Trinitron + Star Wars Empire Strikes Back bed sheet

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iMac + APC40 + Commodore 64 Synth + Astroboy + HAL painting

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This is where I make things. Solder station. My new Monome x Arcade Buttons ready to get a back plate!

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Super clean.

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Make: Thingamakit x Nintendo ROB

25
Aug/09
1

This was a really fun weekend project I did a while back. It is Bleep Labs’ Thingamakit robot noise synthesizer installed inside of an old Nintendo ROB. Getting everything to fit inside ROB was quite a challenge and I think it really gave me some expertise with the Dremel.

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The Thingamakit’s light sensors are installed in ROB’s eyes. His new found LED antennae paired with these sensors provide analogue control to the synth.

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The knobs / switches at the bottom give you different ways to bend the noise.

Build your own Thingamakit!

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