Using teeny-tiny screws and plastic bits of old electronics, designer Anthony Oh makes some of the cutest recycled robots we've seen. Some of the miniature bots are no bigger than a finger tip, yet still have as much personality as their life-sized counterparts. Oh takes inspiration from the smallest inner workings of electronics, upcycling them into pint-sized sculptures!
The Singapore and Malaysia-based industrial designer may make a living in product and electronic design, but his true passion comes out in his tiny robot sculptures. Working with electronics day in and day out, Oh takes inspiration from his day job and transfers it to his art. From a love of dismantling and dissecting electronics, the designer has begun to see their components in a new way, assigning anthropomorphic qualities to the tiny wires and gears.
The micro-machines have cute names like Astrono and Mr. RoBot, giving personalities to the little figures. Small screws become textured legs, with their heads as robotic feet. Speakers are transformed into a pair ghost-shaped creatures with camera lens eyes, evoking a mini-R2D2. The teeny lights that would illuminate in a computer processor are transformed into four sparkly eyes of Mr. RoBot, whose arms are made from fragile metal gears.
Oh’s creativity and innovation transforms even the smallest disused electronic bits into quirky characters, creating a sci-fi cast of characters from electronics beyond repair.