Father and son team Vic and Micky Miller are bringing their project Recyclobot to Maker Faire Detroit from Toledo. The duo has been working on the automaton reverse tricycle for the past few months.
Vic and Micky participated at last year’s Maker Faire Detroit with their art installation – Tech|Disobey|Lab – which they displayed in Henry Ford Museum. A play on Cuban artist Ernesto Orosa’s work, the audio visual piece was made from recycled and reclaimed electronics.
“We noticed people were throwing away their old video and DVD players and getting rid of the their big giant tube TVs and replacing them with LCDs and Plasmas,” Vic said. “And we decided we had to do something with them.” The pair had been to the 2010 Maker Faire and decided they wanted to participate, too.
This year, Vic says they’ve taken a MacGyver approach – by using only materials they had on hand. Vic and Micky decided to make a project for display in the outside area at the fair. So, with three junk bikes on hand, some inspiration, innovation, ingenuity and motivation – Recylcobot was born (well, made!).