It’s always weird when two or three of my interests collide. But it’s awful when they get together and fight each other!
You may recall my fascination with Evil Mad Scientist’s Bristlebots. These are pager motors and watch batteries strapped to toothbrushes. They go like cockroaches! You may even remember I made a related Youtube video featuring a plastic robo-dog inspired by the Bristlebots.
Well, the geek world is in a frenzy tonight because Klutz & Scholastic have a new book out called .. Invasion of the Bristlebots.
And no, the Evil Mad Scientists guys aren’t credited or compensated… so far.
Check out the comments on the Book Trailer to see how the Maker-types are taking it. They are RILED UP!
It raises all sorts of issues. Who owns an idea like this? (The Evil Mad Scientists have always been clear that they didn’t invent vibrobots.) Who owns the clever name? (The Evil Mad Scientists say they did invent the name.)
Those of us who have had a brush with the publishing industry may be wondering: if this was “inspired” by the Evil Mad Scientists, how on earth did they get it written, edited, designed, printed, packaged, etc… so fast? The Evil Mad Scientists unveiled the concept around Dec. 2007. That’s only 14 months ago. That makes me think Klutz may have been working on this previously.
It’s going to be very interesting to see how this works out. I’m a fan of both Klutz (they taught me to juggle) and the Evil Mad Scientists ( I love their blog), so I hope there is a wise and peaceful solution in the near future.
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