NOTE: Rough prototypes do not reflect the high quality of our finished pieces.



C Y B O R G  2 . 0



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Throughout the project it was important to get the calculations right, from the outset.  Working remotely, and with limited access to the other components (PCB, motherboards) due to security restraints, or simply because they had not yet been created? it was vital to get the sums right - so, I took a lifecast of Kevin's left arm, and took detailed notes about the configuration of the boards, so that I would be able to manufacture some mock-ups back at the studio, to work from.


I - R O B O T ?

Kevin Warwick (apart from being a world renowned Cyberneticist) is a big fan of Sci-Fi.  This made quite an impact on us - especially towards the end of the project; as all these creative visions and expectations of how the finished piece should look, came sharply into focus!
During a large scheduled board meeting, at the Cybernetics Labs, in Reading (only weeks away from zero hour) - at which virtually all the key member of the project were present in one room; Kevin announced that he wanted us to consider a far more 'Robotic theme' than we had shown in our previous examples.
Not wishing to quote genres: Giger's Alien, Star Trek's Borg, and Futurama, were all brought up as possible influences which may benefit the final appearance of the housing/prop.

It was a tricky request to accept - but I like to think that I did homage to a few of those influences in the final piece; as well as stayed true to my own artistic style:
The 'gauntlet' part of the main component likened to what was mentioned at the meeting.
And, the bolder geometric contours more closely mimicked battle armour - of a futuristic variety.
Finally, the peripheral unit (with it's 6 bony claws) more closely resembled the early work of Geiger.

Implant Scar Exit wound - for array filaments Cyborg Motherboard Cyber Gauntlet Cyber Gauntlet Array Signal Enhancer Stabiliser platform Stabiliser platform

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The wound on the forearm is where the tiny filaments are emerging through the skin, and attaching directly to the first PCB.

The finished version can be seen in this close-up photograph: fully functioning and transmitting the Cyborg's neural impulses directly to a computer - and onto the internet.

You can just about make out the implant scar on Professor Warwick's wrist - where the array was surgically tapped into his nerve tissue.

The piece that you see here is actually cast in metal! But because of the possibility that electro interference may ruin some of the experiments, we were asked to come up with alternatives...
The solution was to use a low conductive metal alloy, and furthermore isolate it's capacity to form a circuit by combining the metal with a resin.  It was possible to obtain this metal in a pre-prepared powdered state - which we combined with the resin to form a tough fibre glass type shell.  In the right light, it gleamed and shimmered looking every bit it's part.


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