The littlest robot made of discarded computer parts,
Compu Robo takes great delight in life’s simple moments.
Inspiration comes from the most random places. It’s unpredictable and spontaneous. That’s why it’s critical to put yourself out there, in new situations and places, allowing new culture, ideas, and experiences to seep into yourself.
The story of Compu Robo is such a tale.
I’ve never been into the hardware of computers – my expertise resides as a designer/developer of code, not of the machines themselves. But I do find them fascinating; and over the years had accumulated quite a collection of outdated gear, of which one day I chose to dismantle for sheer curiosity’s sake.
I was mesmerized with what lived inside. Tiny gears, coloured wires, semi-conductors and screws and chips and bits of all kinds, all at a scale Barbie would consider petite. It requires a real stretch of the imagination to look solely at these simple physical components and to know exactly what magnificent digital creations we can construct using these mechanical parts.
All these little pieces passing back jolts of electricity, turning 0s to 1s and back again, they’re what make up the magic of technology. One could very well say electricity is the soul of the computer.
And that very second, as I held a little cooling fan, the idea for Compu Robo breezed into my mind. Grabbing my closest sketchbook, I captured the idea as best I could:
It lived in a sketchbook for a number of days after that, until a few months ago when I began digitizing my sketchbooks and bringing pieces through to completion.
Nowadays, Compu Robo is the star of two limited-edition woodblock print sets, and has appeared in a number of sketches in 2016 and 2017. Each piece brings forth another aspect of its personality – turns out this little one really enjoys the simple things in life, and has almost a toddler’s curiosity for the world in which they now find themselves in!
Compu Robo really is the world’s cutest robot, but being as I’m completely biased as its creator, I encourage you to make up your own mind 🙂
If you’d like to bring a piece of this little bundle of joy to your office or home, you can do so! Handmade wooden block prints of “I <3 U” can be found in my Etsy store. With Compu Robo living on your wall, you’ll always crack a smile when your gaze meets his <3
I have a feeling Compu Robo is getting a bit curious about the rest of the world, so keep your eyes on this blog for a future contest involving this little one!