Three Legendary Robots and the Lessons they've Taught us

Robots can be dynamic teachers. They help us reach milestones that would be unattainable without their strength, efficiency, and programmable intelligence. They also have the capacity to destroy things.

You are in charge of Robo Wunderkind's personality, and to help you choose, we have assembled some of our favourite robot teachers and the lessons they have taught us - Call it a little Robo Wunderkind inspiration! 

Lesson 1: How to Identify and Stand Up to Danger

 
Danger Will Robinson, Danger!  (Lost in Space Robot at Maker Faire by Don DeBold)

Danger Will Robinson, Danger!  (Lost in Space Robot at Maker Faire by Don DeBold)

 

The Robot in Lost in Space showed us the protective and caring side to robotics. First aired in 1956 on the hit show Lost In Space, the Class M-3 Model B9 Robot supported the Robinson family after their ship crash-landed on the mysterious planet Priplanus . More affectionately known as "the Robot", it protected the curious and trouble-seeking Will Robinson on his galactic adventures in an unknown world. The Robot would warn his faithful companions of danger by sounding the alarm and announcing "DANGER, Will Robinson! DANGER!" 


Feeling inspired, we talked with our young Robo fans and came up with some project ideas on how Robo could protect them from harm. One of the projects is a Robo Room Guardian who activates when an intruder triggers the motion detector and recording device, as they come into the room looking to steal any leftover Halloween candy. The thieves won’t be able to hide from the live stream, so be sure to save it!   

 

Lesson 2: You Are Who You Choose to Be

 

We can all be Superman (The Iron Giant Poster by Alex Ross)

We can all be Superman (The Iron Giant Poster by Alex Ross)

Like Clark Kent, the robot from The Iron Giant crash-landed on earth and into our hearts from a faraway world on a mysterious mission. With the strength to rip apart the local town's power plant and to tear up railroad tracks, the robot was a potent death machine. Luckily for Hogarth, the young boy who finds and befriends the robot, a serious bump on the head during the crash-landing damages the robot's destructive programming.  Left with no memory, the robot enjoys learning about what it means to be human and how a person (or robot) can overcome their programming and choose their own destiny. 


The tearful conclusion resonates deeply with us (warning, this movie is a serious tear-jerker); it’s why we made it possible for you to decide what type of robot to build and program. You can read more about our story here, and always remember, “You are who you choose to be” (*Sob*, thank you Hogarth).  

 

Lesson 3: Live Passionately

 
One day, I want somebody to look at me the same way <3 (Wall E by Nazmi Hamidi)

One day, I want somebody to look at me the same way <3 (Wall E by Nazmi Hamidi)

 

With the subtle twitch of an eye along with beeps, tones, and sighs, it’s easy to forget that WALL-E is a robot. From the movie WALL-E, there are almost too many things to love about him, such as his curiosity or determination. But what we find most amazing is his overwhelming passion for life. Whether it be cleaning up waste on earth, collecting beautiful artifacts, or pursuing his love, WALL-E commits to his tasks with a soulful honesty. Unlike the Iron Giant, who had to learn to overcome his programming, WALL-E simply is who he is and isn’t afraid to show it. 


Although it might take us a couple more years before we can make a robot as expressive than WALL-E, our LED module helps your Robo smile, wink, and make any face or shape you can draw! See how it works here


Now we’ve reached the end of our lesson, we hope you’ve enjoyed our favourite robot teachers as we have and are inspired to take and build upon what they’ve taught us. Just like them, we hope you stand up to danger, design the life you want, and do so passionately. It’s always easier with a Robo friend.