Let me set the scene a bit: It's the summer of 1997 and World champion chess player Gary Kasparaov has been beaten in a six game match by two wins to one with three draws . But not by another man. A machine, built by men, has beaten him. IBM's Deep Blue could evaluate up 200 million positions per second, and capable of calculating 11.38 Gigaflops.

In honor of that stunning piece of engineering, I set out to make a suit, that, upon wearing it, I would be transformed into the most logical of logic machines ever built, a chess playing computer!

All that, using just a great big pile of these dinky things:

It is not a perfect replica, by any means; I took many artistic liberties. I was inspired by Deep Blue's portrayal in S2E20 of Futurama, Anthology of Interest. It is rather the stylized idea of Deep Blue, the pop culture impressions of a thinking machine trapped in a big black box.

I used almost exclusively surplus parts to make this thing, so it ended up only costing about 30 dollars. Otherwise though, this costume took quite a bit of work, and erm, it was a bit on the more cumbersome side. But whose else has a mainframe costume? Incidentally, it was so cumbersome that It took me about 15 minutes to shove my way from one side of First Avenue to the other, missing the costume contest registration by just a few minutes. Once there I promptly put it in the coat check so I could breathe.

The frame of the costume is the remains of several cardboard boxes spliced together with duct tape, and the "thinking" lights on the front are controlled by the innards of about 27 little electronic dice, all wired together in a monstrous chain. Another set of lights scrolls back and forth over the speaker grille sorta like KITT, making the AI presence ever clearer. I added a pair of intake/outtake fans so I could breathe ever so slightly better inside, and finally a voice changing box to speak in a robot voice and say great classic things like, "Pitiful creature of meat and bone," and "How about a nice game of chess."

"Not all problems can be solved by chess, Deep Blue. One day, you'll understand that. "
- Al Gore
Crucio5 years ago
Wow, that turned out so great! I'm thinking of making one from 1/4" plywood as a shell for my rack!
Ceiling cat5 years ago
Dude! Where did you get the Kraftwerk shirt! It's AWSOME! btw I never say dude, I think that may be the first time.

Okay this costume takes the cake.
jeff-o6 years ago
Oh, wow. That is probably one of the nerdiest costumes I've ever seen. I Approve! :D
Gamer917 jeff-o5 years ago
no, an HEV suit would be the nerdiest
Newblit jeff-o6 years ago
Agreed lol. I have to throw in the comment though that if anyone besides me saw the documentary on how rigged this game was and why it was so hard for him to beat Deep Blue, even though it ended as a tie.
sponges (author)  Newblit6 years ago
I saw the documentary you are talking about, Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine, and I was both fascinated and disappointed. IT was really stilted and badly researched, yet it is to date the only documentary n Deep Blue that I know of. It doesn't answer any of the questions it raises with any depth and really said nothing at all for all its ambiguity.
sponges (author)  jeff-o6 years ago
hah, thanks!
skipernicus5 years ago
It strikes me you could have used red LED Christmas lights if you could rig up some sort of portable power supply.
brndn6 years ago
That is truly amazing.
santy226 years ago
What do you think, Deep Blue? -King to a-1 Not everything can be solved with chess, my computery friend.
sponges (author)  santy226 years ago
yay, someone who understands :D
011011010116 years ago
yay i voted for this!!!
sponges (author)  011011010116 years ago
hey thanks!
Ph3nomin0n6 years ago
YEA!! Deep Blue FTW!!!!!
sponges (author)  Ph3nomin0n6 years ago
rickyd!6 years ago
deep blue = todays gameboy