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In case you missed it, British artist-inventor, Andy Noyes debuted Agnes Roboknit at the 2013 Maker Faire
in the U.K. Agnes is a humanoid robot who knits, scares small children, and occasionally looks around as if
wondering why her maker condemned her to such a boring existence.
Noyes wanted her to look human from a distance, but he also wanted to show off her mechanical parts
upon closer inspection. Agnes is almost completely hand-made — down to her homemade gears driven by DC
motors and her latex skin cast from plaster casts of real people. Noyes originally planned to have her knit with
real needles, but after discovering how difficult it was, he opted for a knitting loom instead.
Noyes named Agnes after his grandmother, although he had
hoped to accompany the name with a clever acronym (A.G.N.E.S.)
like other classic robots from the ‘80s. Agnes’ motions are surprisingly
simple, and somehow mesmerizing.
WELL, HELLO ROBOT KITTY!
Bandai is celebrating the simultaneous 40th anniversaries of
Hello Kitty and its Chogokin — a “super alloy” equivalent to
Marvel’s adamantium — line of die-cast metal figures with a
Chogokin Hello Kitty. The Hello Kitty mech has changing eyes, a
cockpit with a miniature Hello Kitty pilot, and firing fists. It will be
available for purchase in June 2014.
Bandai portrays the beloved Hello Kitty as a robot that can be
piloted by Hello Kitty herself. The Hello Kitty robot can be
transformed into three different
modes. Drive Mode features wheels
on her legs that let you "drive" her on surfaces. Attach the
accessory ribbon to her back for Flight Mode. The ribbon
disassembles to create fins for her feet for Dive Mode.
Three eye mode expression changes are featured with this
action figure including "Angry Modem," plus die-cast Hello
Kitty also features a rocket punch special effect part. A
special display stand is also included that allows posing of
Hello Kitty robot in all modes. She measures nearly four