Franken-Design - Design Bureau


Interactive Robotic Painting Machine by Ben Grosser

Electronic Instant Camera by Niklas Roy

Receipt Racer by Undef and Joshua Noble


Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

In one of Louis CK's more famous rants, he decries the general populace's sense of entitlement when it comes to modern technology. It resonated with people because it's true; we expect things immediately, and we expect them to come in a shiny, sleek vehicle designed by Apple. Yet no matter how small computer chips get, and how many apps are developed, there will always be a subculture of Frankenstein technology — the sort of stuff that's really pushing boundaries and not asking for your paycheck in return. They are ungainly machines that are based on a wild idea and cobbled together with just two determined hands.

We've cobbled together our own collection of these machines. Despite sharing an enterprising, slightly deranged ethos, each produces a dramatically different result. 

First up: the Interactive Robotic Painting Machine by Ben Grosser. The IRPM "uses artificial intelligence to paint its own body of work and to make its own decisions." It collects sounds from its immediate environment and incorporates that data into its work. If no other sounds are present, it'll simply listen to itself, lost in its artist's mind. Though it's not proven, it's likely that given enough alone time, it'll attempt to sever its own ear microphone, a la Van Gogh.

The Electronic Instant Camera by Niklas Roy is a technological mash-up of an analog video camera and a thermal receipt printer. Its creator describes it as "something in between a Polaroid camera and a digital camera." In order to take a new picture, the camera must completely forget its previous capture — lending that vintage air of ephemerality to the photos that kids these days love to imitate.

Lastly, the Receipt Racer: a collaboration between Undef and Joshua Noble. Developed for the “Let’s feed the future workshop” earlier this year in Barcelona, the Receipt Racer is a game that, like Roy's camera, uses a thermal printer as a platform for a simple game. According to its creators, "Fifty meters is the maximum distance you are theoretically able to race in one run, before running out of paper. So ecologically, it's pretty much a disaster, just like any real car."

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