Mittwoch, 30. Dezember 2009

Bud Spencer 2010

Morning everybody... Last day in this decade. Future starts tomorrow. So time now to remember one of my heroes from the past: Bud Spencer.
I think between the age of 6 to 12 I spent half of my pocket money for seeing his movies. As a tribute to Bud, I started a project some months ago, keeping announcing to my friends from the Vinyl Toy Therapy Group, that I'll gonna make a Bud Spencer Figurine. Well enough of bullsketching: here are some real sketches and a rough 3D model. I like the grim look of the sketch - It's not in the 3D yet, but I hope it will be. The pose is inspired by Buddy smacking someone from "Lo Chiamavano Trinita" (zu deutsch "Die rechte und die linke Hand des Teufels").

Enjoy and Cheers...

Dienstag, 22. Dezember 2009

too late for christmas greetings

...we bought some nice figurines from a 80 year old german toy designer. Could have been a nice christmas gift for our clients. But damn it! There was too much stress in the office...

the magic electric cube!!!

For the last weeks i've been working on a prototype that's a bit more complicated than the last ones...
It's a dice that has leds on each side which change the colour when you turn it around.
First i tried to develop my own 3-d ball switch (to detect wich side is up) but it didn't really work. So i decided to use some tilt-switches instead. The prototype is much smaller now...

But the main task is programming th microcontroller (it's an "arduino"). The only programming i've ever done was BASIC, like:
10   print "wer das liest ist doof"
20   go to 10
hmmm... i should have taken this more serious.
Detecting which side is up already works...

Mittwoch, 9. Dezember 2009

Hot, Hot, Hot: The Kickspoon!

Today we invented some new soccer mechanisms - i think we did minimum 40 of them since our founding and hold utility patents on two of them. The other 38 will make a nice art book one day...
So here's a new one for our "soccer-toy art book":
The kickspoon is ment as a promotional gimmick for instant coffee. If anyone from the instant coffee industry should ever read this, just give us a call. (Actually it doesn't work very well - but this can be solved).