CIMG5362 Gator Girl and Mechanical Flower – Robot Group projects

Gator Girl and Mechanical Flower - Robot Group projects

CIMG5362 Two Robot Group projects: Gator Girl (left) and Mechanical Flower

CIMG5362 Two Robot Group projects presented at the Futures Past steampunk party: Gator Girl (left) and Mechanical Flower. The mechanical flowers petals were a metal steamer insert with folding “petals” — I had one like that at home; I would put vegetables in it, and put it in a pot of boiling water, and the vegetables would get steamed without touching the water. So it was pleasantly odd to see this humble device hooked up to electronics and pulsating to the the music, petals folding and unfolding.

The “Futures Past” steampunk party was thrown by EFF and several other organizations at the SXSW conference on March 12, 2007 at Scholz Garden in Austin, Texas. I didn’t know many people there, so I went there mostly to see the costumes. Ah, the costumes! Unfortunately, I don’t know the names of any of the people I took pictures of. On the technical side of things, Austin’s own Robot Group had an exhibit there, showing many all sorts of new flashing, singing, wiggling mechanical creatures I haven’t seen since their last exhibit.

March 2007, Austin, Texas