Friday, February 25, 2011

Daft Punk Coca Cola Commercial

Coca Cola isn't technically robot-themed - but when it comes to music - Daft Punk are Robot Masters.

So it is kind of cool that Coca Cola is releasing Limited Edition Coca Cola bottles whose design us based on the signature helmets worn by the duo.

As reported on HypeBeast:

Following a successful collaboration with Mika in 2010, soft drink giant Coca-Cola follow-up on some exclusively designed bottles with Coca-Cola “Club Coke.” Produced in two distinctive colorways based on Daft Punk mimicking the helmets worn by the French duo, the gold and silver bottles will see a limited production run beginning in March 2011. In addition to the general release at clubs, the bottles will be packaged in a collector’s box as a set, made available exclusively through colette in Paris. Further information on this project will become available through, which goes live in a few months

In the mean time - you can also check out the Teaser Commercial.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Meet Boris - The Robot of Leisure

Forget everything you know about robots. Meet Boris—the resident robot of leisure assigned to the Zükünfthaus model home. One event is about to challenge everything he’s been programmed to believe.

There’s something exciting about getting a random email from a fellow Robot friend.

Katharine Miller is a Canadian writer and designer with added penchants for argyle, cocktails, bowler hats, bubble pipes and peppermint stick ice cream.

Her latest creation - Boris - is the robotic-protagonist at the centre of the Robot of Leisure graphic novel series. A collection that tells a take of one robot’s pursuit of happiness and purpose.

While this is the first novel outing for Boris, this delightful character first appeared in 2003 in random doodles, often wearing silly costumes. From there, Miller launched WHiRR as a line of robot-themed paper goods and crafts.

Now the star of this unique series of illustrated novels, he can be enjoyed by all!

An Interview With Katharine Miller

1. What was it about robots that had you drawing Boris back in 2003?

For years I wanted to develop a silent character similar to Mr. Bean to provide a different perspective on universal experiences and traits (loneliness, awkwardness, trying to understand the world, etc.).

Boris evolved out of a series of doodles. I liked the idea of a robot being able to dress up and react to the world around him. Since then, he's always been a martini-swilling retired robot of leisure.

2. Do you have any other favourite Robots?

Roll-oh (Leave it to Roll-oh)

Johnny 5 (Short Circuit)

Bender (Futurama)

Conky (Pee Wee's Playhouse)

I'm not keen on Rosie from The Jetsons, despite some similarities in appearance between her and Boris. Some people might want to describe Boris as perhaps the love child of Rosie and Bender. I haven't programmed Boris with that much sass.

3. Do you think that there are any common traits or personality features of Robots?

I think many robots—especially fictional ones—attempt to comprehend the world beyond their programming. Unfortunately, humans control that world and do the most incomprehensible things. Hilarity ensues.

4. What does the future hold for Boris?

The first two installments of Robot of Leisure are available online—as previews on the website and for purchase through Amazon and other popular ebook stores. I'm working on the third (of six), due out in late Spring 2011. Keep an eye on the website for new projects involving Boris and his friends.


Robots of Leisure Website
Katharine Miller’s Website
WHirr Etsy Shop
Robot of Leisure on Tumblr

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sakakibara-Kikai Robot Kids Walker

Forget anything from Fisher-Price - what you really need for your toddling kids is the Sakakibara-Kikai Robot Kids Walker.

Thanks to the initial heads up from Robot Tom - I did a little more digging and found a great write up and gallery on Trend Hunter .

"Children finally have an exoskeleton to call their own thanks to Sakakibara-Kikai and their new Kid’s Walker. The Kid’s Walker is a 1.6m tall exoskeleton designed specifically for use by children."

Check out the YouTube Video for Full Robot Walker Action

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Farewell Robot Card

I don't want to brag - but in terms of Big Office Cards - I really scored. Ending work in February for Maternity Leave - I was presented with a card designed by one of my team mates - with high aspirations in graphic design. By the standard of the card - I have no doubt that she'll get there with ease. Not only will this be the only office card I will probably ever keep - it's received more attention from recent visitors than any other card!

Robots for Everyone - Music Video

I had never heard of Ali Spagnola until a colleague from New York found out I was into robots - and told me I had to check out this video clip 'Robots for Everyone'.

As a visial artist who makes "pop art and art pop" Ali's combination of gorgeous robot graphics and bubbly electro pop melodies is divine.

For more details on Ali's work - check out her website and YouTube Channel - and follow her @alispagnola

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Robot Cafe in Sydney

There is now a reason to get up early and get to Surry Hills. There's a new Robot Cafe - "Robo Cog" and apparently the food isn't too bad either. I can't take any credit for this post - so I'll hand it over to the professional Michael Shafram (@gosstronomy) and direct you over to his fantastic write up on the cafe at his Gosstronomy Blog.

Restaurant Details:

Robo Cog, 249 Riley St, Surry Hills, NSW, (02) 9281 2880

Matryoshka Madness Robot

If I think about it - one of my favourite countries is Russia. And if you combine that with Robots - then this really should be the end result. The fact that both of them start with R is a bonus.

Thanks to the Amazon Spam for this one!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Audi Robot

Cars are like Robots right? That's the whole point of Transformers. Check out this fantastic new Audi Ad.....