I want a Daft Punk robot helmet for J-Day.

While killing some time I found a couple of videos related to Daft Punk I had to share.  It was interesting to see some of the stuff I found.  Many of you may not know this, but Daft Punk is one of my top 10 bands of all time.  I just don’t talk about them too much.

I love robots and still love me a little electronic music.  Daft Punk is the perfect combination and I can not wait until they come out with new material.

Anyways…  Here is a clip I found explaining the history of where some of their samples came from:

Here is a follow up to that video:

Did you know that Daft Punk had a movie? It was called Electroma and I need a copy. Here is a teaser of the movie:

Of course someone out there decided to be clever and make a fast forward remix of the movie (SPOILER ALERT):

So you made it this far huh?  Well I suppose you want to help me get a Daft Punk robot helmet.  How thoughtful of you.   They retail for anywhere between $14000 and $60000 according to various websites…

I agree, that’s a lot of money.  Now I know you may not be able to spring that for me this holiday season and I forgive you.

Luckily I have located a couple of sites that sell the helmets and others that tell you how to make them.

I found this on The Daily Swarm:

THE MAKING OF…THE DAFT PUNK HELMETS

Daft Punk
Daft Punk

These helmets were commissioned by the punk band Daft Punk for a music video. Over the years, LED Effects has received many inquiries from people who wanted to purchase their own helmet. Unfortunately, these helmets are custom designed stage props and cost over $14,000. While the helmets are reasonably simple in design, the cost of labor and materials make it impractical to mass produce and market them. In addition, Daft Punk owns the copyright and concept rights to the helmets, so there may be additional licensing fees to pay. In short, yes, we can build you a helmet, but it will cost you thousands of dollars and take a year to produce. Here is how the helmets were made:

1. A model shop cast the face of the musician. This was used to create a bust which was
used as a template for the design.

2. The next step was to modify a motorcycle helmet. The body was cut away to allow for
cables and electronics. Two pin holes were provided so the wearer could see out.

3. Clay models were created for all the unique parts. This included a back pack and an arm
band controller.

4. Electronic displays were designed using prototype PC board materials.

5. The LED display panels were assembled by placing each LED one-by-one into a plastic
sheet and glued into place. Each LED required three feet of wiring to connect it to power
and control circuitry. The finished panel was bolted to the helmet frame.

6. The LED cabling was routed around the “ears” of the helmet and out the back. The
helmet cables led down to the backpack where the main controller board was located.

7. The system was originally powered by batteries, but this was later switched over to a
power cord system.

8. The control keypad on the armband was a custom manufactured PC board.

9. Exterior plastic molding and finishing materials were custom manufactured by a special
effects studio to complete the helmet. Once these pieces were added, the helmet details
were touched up with paint.

See?  That’s an easy homemade gift.  So hop to it!  I know you can do it.  I’ll be waiting.

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