Sunday, June 4, 2017

Q-BiT - Poplocks Paper Toy

A new Poplocks paper toy is available for download! Q-BiT, the cube-ly transport bot uses its long legs to step over traffic jams in cities.

This toy has an expressive face:
Eye - slide the eye left, right, up and down.
Eyelid - open, close and tilt the eyelid,
Antennae - Rotate the antennae like ears.

Initially designed to move all sorts of cargo, it gained fame and renown from the "Pizza-Bot" company, which re-fitted Q-BiT units for mobile pizza oven/delivery, disrupting the entrenched pizza franchises in the market.

This Poplocks Paper Toy template can be downloaded right here:

Click to Download PDF Template!

And illustrated instructions are available here:
Click to Download PDF instructions!
 I recommend printing this template using two colors of 65 lb cardstock and you will also save time and effort by using a 5/8" circle hole punch to cut out the holes (both available at most craft stores like Michaels). A craft knifed is recommended for removing the large eye socket circle for the Face Front.

Q-BiT has a rather expressive face and antennae. Pose it for some funny views!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Make a Monster at Science Unwrapped

Fellow Poplocker, James Fritzler was able to host a Poplocks table at the Utah State University's "Science Unwrapped" event this past Friday, Jan 27th. The theme was "The Art and Science of Monster Creation".

This maker-movement-fueled display had all sorts of hands-on tech, perfect for demonstrating all sorts of scientific principles to children and adults alike. I've been privileged to attend several of these types of shows over the years and I'm glad that James himself has had a turn to show off the fun of Poplocks!

Many young builders came by, learning how to assemble the pieces for the first time, then going on to quickly discover their own building techniques. Parents are always surprised by the creativity which springs forth!

Here are some pictures shared by the university. You may also spot a sneak peek of a big, box-like robot on the table... an upcoming Paper Poseable Poplocks toy.