Introduction: DIY PIXAR's AUTO

Even though it's fairly unlikely I will be posting a step by step Instructable on him I figured, what with National Robot Week, I could still share a couple of photos of one of my earliest PIXAR builds the villainous Autopilot from WALL·E.  

Back in the spring of 2009, when I was the Public Representative of the group, we were getting ready for our very first Maker Faire event and I needed something really cool to show off who we were.  While I was a bit pressed for time to build a WALL-E, I was very influenced by a video I saw of another WALL-E builder on youtube who painted a captain's wheel to look like film's villain and was inspired to build my own (with the added modifications of course).

Basically he's a modified wooden ship's helm I purchased at Michael's craft store which I repainted and sanded down for movie accuracy.  His eye is the glass and metal frame from a clock and behind it I set a super bright red LED (inspired by this 'ible).  Additionally all five of his... ship "pegs" can be fully extended to a length of 2" and he's fully equipped with a grabber claw and faux tazer (like the film's).  But perhaps the coolest function is that I also built into him a remote control speaker which I use to control his voice from a MacinTalk enabled computer, giving him that awesome dark monotone voice from the film.

He's been a staple of my booth at both the Maker Faire 2009 and 2010 and here's hoping we get to show off our new creations at Maker Faire 2011!





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    AWESOME! I've been looking for something like this for YEARS! 5/5
    Win Guy

    Well, I'm glad to have helped out then Win Guy! Auto is one of my all time favorite PIXAR characters and he was a ton of fun to create!

    captain meet me on the bridge

    looks like Gla-d0s from portal

    I was just thinking the same thing... sort of acts like Gla-d0s too. or is it more skynet-ish

    LOL, yeah it does kinda! I think the main point was that Auto was supposed to be an homage to Hal 9000 who also sort of shares the same look as GLaDOS, according to TV Tropes' entry Cyber Cyclops.

    you need to make a portal gun next with a lcd lens screen and a blue light to make a projector when you press a button on it, so it looks like a portal......

    Awesome! 5-Stars.

    This site is also for sharing the awesome things that you've made with others to impress and inspire them :)