knew paper covers rock. I guess part of me wanted to
show that my robot could and would win.
CZ: Coolest fight?
Christian: One of my most fun lightweight fights
was Toe-Crusher against Tony Buchignani’s/Dan
Danknick’s Evil Fish Tank because both robots were
extremely fast, very well made, and well driven. We
were flying all over the arena and when a floor saw
blade occasionally tagged us, it would kick our robot
across the box. I won that fight too, and the only
reason I remember it was because it was a two-for-one;
I got Dan and Tony (both friends of mine) in one fight.
CZ: So, it’s been 10 years. What’s been up with
you since then? What’s your latest passion?
Christian: I still freelance building robots for
people and one of my side projects is building an
open source Arduino style programmable flashlight
called the FLEX at
CZ: Hold it. Really? A software controlled
flashlight? I mean, I’m no Luddite, but isn’t that just
majorly nerd-level gold plating? Why do you need that?
Christian: Why do I need a programmable light?
What can I do with that? I don’t know yet. And that’s
the point. I want to release the HexBright Flex into the
wild and let the community develop original source
code. I want to see how brilliant (pun intended)
people can be and supply an outlet (
where folks can swap and share lighting code.
I’m not fundraising just to make creative lights, I
want to build online creativity.
CZ: Well, I never saw fighting robots coming 12
years back. Maybe in 2025 you can say “I told you so!”
Thanks for your time and thoughts. Our readers are
sure to appreciate this.
Christian: You’re certainly welcome. SV
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