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niklas roy
Hello! I'm Niklas Roy, an inventor of useless things. As you can find a lot of information about what I do on the left - I think I don't need to write too much about myself here.

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Sunday December 20, 2015

PRAYDIO is a combination of a decorative, golden plastic crucifix found in a one Euro shop and a CB-radio. When someone approaches the installation, channel one of the radio opens for ethereal communication. Anyone with a CB-radio within the broadcasting range can reply the prayers, providing instant answers and guidance.

Kati and me built this little installation at Multimadeira, an artist run residency/festival on the beautiful volcanic island of Madeira. For some reasons, there are plenty of CB-radios around, so there’s always a good chance to get a response to your prayer. But sometimes, Jesus also starts to babble some unintelligible verses on his own.

Jetpack 9000

Wednesday October 28, 2015

My niece Carlotta has been visiting us those days again. She loves building stuff and all kinds of technical things and the last time she was here, she has built this awesome robot.

This time, she wanted to make a Halloween costume. We were both totally excited about this hillarious Jetpack, which was featured in a Japanese Gameshow. At the end, she built one for herself, which she named “Jetpack 9000”. It’s very handy for Halloween, as there’s plenty of space inside the fake belly where she can store her sweets.

Carlottas Jetpack

Pneumatic Computing

Thursday July 23, 2015

Charles Carcopino and me recently gave a workshop in Belgium about computing with air as part of the Mons2015 Cultural Capital program. The workshop lead to an exhibition which I’ve documented here. Don’t miss the video!

New Project: Galactic Dimension

Monday June 1, 2015

I’ve built a giant pinball machine and it’s super fun to play with! You can try it out, too, if you visit the current exhibition at Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg. Or, if this is too far, read my longer post about it and watch the video here.

New Project: Forbidden Fruit Machine

Monday May 18, 2015

Kati and me built a new machine: It’s a painting with a joystick! Control the apple and explore Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem’s 1592 painting “The Fall of Man”.

Check the awesome video!

Forbidden Fruit Machine

Next Level

Friday January 30, 2015

After the overwhelming success of my installation Suck the Balls! at Goethe-Institut Cracow last year, the Goethe-Institut in Prague asked me to build a similar one for their building.

The installation opened last week and will be running for the next half year. This time, the pneumatic track is roughly 70 meters long. It goes from the entrance hall, through the staircase into the first floor, where it passes the institute’s library, then it makes its way back to the ground floor. The balls race through the entire pipe system within 11 seconds, which makes them in average 22.91 km/h fast (The video above is in slow motion). That’s stunning to watch and fun to play with.
Give it a visit when you’re in Prague!

Rapid Robots

Wednesday August 27, 2014

Last week, Kati and me gave a workshop on hi-speed d.i.y. robot construction for the School of Machines, Making & Make Believe, an art & tech summer school in Berlin.

The robots are shown next Friday at the Kunstquartier Bethanien at ScholOfMaaa’s final show.

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New project in Groningen:

Wednesday August 27, 2014

My latest machine, the “Pneumatic Sponge Ball Accelerator” is currently installed at the Tschumi Pavilion in Groningen. You can visit it until the end of September.

Here, you can find the full documentation, including another video from ball perspective.