A steampunky steampunk robotic head turns people’s heads when they see it on display at the Smithsonian Institution.
A robot head that looks like a steampunk robot, created by a group of enthusiasts at the American Museum of Natural History, has been dubbed the “Robot Head.”
The group’s headgear is the work of one David G. Rupp and is based on a real-life robot that was made to move on its own two legs, according to the Smithsonian.
The headgear, which features a robotic head with a small, hand-like arm, is part of a collection of steampunk items from the collection of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers.
The heads were made by the American National Steampunk Museum in Chicago, according the Smithsonian, and were donated to the museum by Rupp.
The museum said the robot head was created to “show off the power of the Industrial Revolution” and was “inspired by the steam locomotives of the 19th century.”
Rupp, who also is a robotics enthusiast, says he was inspired by a steam-powered model of the steam engine he saw on the Chicago Tribune in 1867.
The steampunks, he said, used a rotating mechanism to drive the carriage of a steam engine.
Ridders of the steampunker heads have found that the headgear’s motion mimics that of a locomotive’s, making it possible to travel from one place to another without stopping.
The headgear can also be used for balance.
The Smithsonian says the head is “designed to create a sense of speed, which is not the case with traditional headgear.”
Ridders are also able to adjust the head’s movements, the museum said, adding that the steampunk-inspired design makes it possible for people to see a “true steampunk” effect, similar to that of the early 20th century.