Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hollywood Preschool Visit

We visited future robot builders at a preschool in Hollywood with our WALL-E, Michael McMaster's WALL-E and Victor Franco's R2-D2. The kids asked some great questions and some enjoyed learning how to operate the remote control. Each child received a WALL-E hand stamp. One of the teachers wrote what each of her kids said about their favorite part of the visit, and gave us a copy to take home. Precious things kids say! Especially that one of the tools used to build the robots is  a "twisty thing you do for screws."  :-)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

HOPE-A-Palooza 2013

Larger than Life - L.A. Family sponsored a carnival for 700 to 1,000 family members of children being treated for cancer at participating Los Angeles-area hospitals. WALL-E attended this fun event at CBS Studios in Studio City, along with several Star Wars characters, to spread joy to the families attending. For more info:

Our family, including our daughter dressed as Padme from Star Wars



WALL-E met some furry creatures from Endor

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Maker Faire, Bay Area

Wall-E melted the hearts of thousands of Bay Area visitors to the Maker Faire May 18-19. This unique event celebrates DIY, hi-tech and creativity. Michael McMaster & Mike Senna brought their creations to inspire Makers of all ages to follow their dreams and create the amazing things they dream about. It was our third year at the event, to show our progress on the project. Our booth was sponsored by Progressive Automations, which makes the actuators used in our WALL-E.

Visitors were amazed to learn that the project took 3 years to complete. They enjoyed seeing some of the parts molds and looking at photos of the build process to better understand the detail involved in building EVERY SINGLE CUSTOM PART FROM SCRATCH. This was mind-boggling to many. (Nope! No off-the-shelf parts!) We displayed one WALL-E unit on a tabletop with the outer body removed so that visitors could see the inner workings, electronic circuits, servos and actuators in motion. We also drove our second WALL-E unit to entertain the crowd, which kept pouring through Fiesta Hall nonstop Saturday and Sunday. While visitors of all ages took countless photos of our WALL-E, we enjoyed taking photos of them interacting with WALL-E. Hope you enjoy the smiles on these faces as much as we did!

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Long Beach Comic Expo

We brought our WALL-E to the Long Beach Comic Expo. He took photos with guests in the lobby, then rolled through the Exhibit Hall to entertain the Exhibitors.