Monday, January 31, 2011

Robot Love

Susumu Eguchi poster for a children's science exhibition in the Tobu department store. From 1969/70 Graphis Annual. 
Wonderful typographic robot illustration from Leanda Xavian
:: Via One Little Bird

Ubu Roi: Drame en Cinq Actes. 1982 binding by Georges Leroux, one of the most important French binders of the 20th century. One of 150 copies. The binding is of full vermillion calf featuring relief figures on both panels—the front cover depicting Father Ubu, whose eyes appear to be spinning in his head, the back cover showing Mother Ubu. Both figures have been modeled after 1950-style Japanese robots, and here Leroux has incorporated a series of real gears and clock wheels in the chest cavities of both figures, as well as multi-colored wires, metal widgets, sheet plastic, and marbles. Accompanied by a reproduction tin toy robot very similar in appearance to the ones on which the binding design is based. The Chief Robotman toy is battery powered and in perfect working condition in its original box, which bears a 1950s-style illustration with laser beams shooting out of the robot's eyes. Available from Bromer Booksellers. $50,000. No kidding.

2 comments:

  1. Hello. Yesterday I found one great book about “Multi-robot systems, Trends and Development”. Maybe you will be interested about it? This book is a collection of 29 excellent works and comprised of three sections: task oriented approach, bio inspired approach, and modeling/design. In the first section, applications on formation, localization/mapping, and planning are introduced. The second section is on behavior-based approach by means of artificial intelligence techniques. The last section includes research articles on development of architectures and control systems. You can read it on online reading platform, or just download it for free here: http://www.intechopen.com/books/show/title/multi-robot-systems-trends-and-development Hope you will like it and find it usefull. Cheers!

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  2. Jennifer, The LetterologistJanuary 31, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Thanks for the link Brian! The book is a little over my head. I'm afraid I am more of the sentimental type that just loves the design of things rather than how they work necessarily. I am sure others may greatly appreciate your link. Robots are a wonderful thing!

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