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Gingerbreadtron: A Gingerbread House That Transforms into a Candy Robot!

Posted By Lori Zimmer On December 27, 2011 @ 6:16 pm In Architecture,Art,Design,Green Holidays,News,Sustainable Design Organizations | No Comments

We’ve seen some pretty epic gingerbread houses [1] this holiday season but this Transformer Gingerbread House, aptly called Gingerbreadtron, really takes the cake. The crazy candy-clad house slowly transforms into a motorized candy robot [2] right before your eyes! With a little help from an Arduino Uno board, some glue and cardboard, creator Brian Hall [3] made his gingerbread house like no other.

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Fresh baked gingerbread [5] was not the key ingredient in Hall’s masterpiece. That honor goes to the six servo motors concealed under the delicious rafters, along with a cardboard foundation for support. Hall created the sophisticated system to basically function as a robot [6], which could accept simple programming for movement and transformation.

After constructing the interior robot with moving arm and head pieces, Hall baked the gingerbread [7] and cut it into complementary parts. Traditional frosting glue was used on the edges of the gingerbread and gumdrops, non-pareils, peppermints and M&Ms were glopped on to decorate the roof and sides.

But don’t let the child-like candy-coated exterior [8] fool you! With the flip of a switch, the kiddie house actually lurches forward and rises up. Then the roof splits open, and either side of the house falls aside to form robotic arms. Finally, the gingerbread [9] and frosting chimney rotates 180 degrees, revealing Gingerbreadtron’s rather delectable face.

+ Brian Hall [3]

Via Gizmodo [10]


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URLs in this post:

[1] epic gingerbread houses: http://inhabitat.com/harry-potter-gingerbread-house-is-a-magical-sugary-delight/

[2] motorized candy robot: http://inhabitat.com/this-edible-gingerbread-star-wars-at-at-will-go-down-with-a-glass-of-milk/

[3] Brian Hall: http://brianhall.ca/gingerbreadtron

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/gingerbreadtron-a-gingerbread-house-that-transforms-into-a-candy-robot/gingerbreadtron5/

[5] Fresh baked gingerbread: http://inhabitat.com/diy-how-to-make-a-gingerbread-brooklyn-brownstone/

[6] function as a robot: http://inhabitat.com/nano-hummingbird-is-a-tiny-flying-robot-that-moves-like-a-real-bird/

[7] baked the gingerbread: http://inhabitat.com/crumbling-gingerbread-houses-highlight-homelessness-in-stockholm/

[8] candy-coated exterior: http://inhabitat.com/hometta-unveils-modern-gingerbread-wedge-house/

[9] gingerbread: http://inhabitat.com/top-6-delectably-modern-green-gingerbread-houses/

[10] Gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/5871250/transforming-gingerbread-house-is-the-greatest-of-all-time

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