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jul 07, 2010


image: lars marcus vedeler

olars is an interactive electronic toy by designers lars marcus vedeler and ola vågsholm. the project was inspired by karl sims’ evolved virtual creatures and prepared at the oslo school of architecture and design. the project consists of a variety of colourful components that link together in different formations. however the project is more than a set of simple building blocks, each component has a different mechanical behaviour and can be fully animated. the set has thousands of movement options resulting in both familiar and strange motion patterns. the core pieces of olars make use of an arduino duemilanove board and two sets of a servo and switch.


image: lars marcus vedeler

image: lars marcus vedeler

image: lars marcus vedeler

image: lars marcus vedeler

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  • very nice.. smart

    Yian says:
  • ummm…
    looks like crippled animals twitching 🙁
    maybe with a lot of thinking you can make it move elegantly…

    Quelava says:
  • it moves like the broken toys in toy story 1. Its awful!

    dim says:
    maybe add some more half spherical wobbly parts….
    let it wobble like a gumboc or a “steh-auf-maennchen”
    …I’d buy one!

    michael says:
  • i love it, and i think kids will love it too..

    Aye says:
  • is not very similar to kinematics? TEI 2010 : Constructing with Movement: Kinematics

    kjuip says:
  • I like different elements – but what is the point of olars? it does not extend possibilities of motion with different combinations or even look good – what is there to like? Certainly not enough to engage children

    sj says:
  • Does anyone knows the name of the song?

    dd says:

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