Daft Punk Superfan Makes Daft Punk-Worthy DIY Helmet

A prop designer spent more than a year trying to one-up the robots.

by Beckett Mufson
08 September 2016, 12:30pm

Images courtesy the artists

Ever wanted to glimpse inside Daft Punk's heads? Thanks to prop designer Mike Michelena, who has released an ingenious design for a Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo helmet, you can. Michelena, co- founder of the company Love Props, spent more than a year putting together the software and hardware to create what he calls, "an interactive light instrument. An easy to play and fully customizable device for composing music for the eyes." Decked out with sound- and motion-activated rainbow LEDs and WiFi for optional smartphone interfacing, Michelena's helmet just might outlcass the real thing. 

The godfathers of stadium-packing dance music have kept relatively quiet since the media blitz that followed their 2013 album, Random Access Memories, though rumors have recently surfaced of a collaboration with The Weeknd. Nevertheless, legions of fans like Michelena are resourceful when left to their own daft devices. Aside from imitating instantly-recognizable Daft Punk helmets, artists have rendered the robots in LEGO, laser-cut wood, and animation, mashed them up with famous movies, and arranged a gallery show of art inspired by their image.

Now that Michelena has thrown down the gauntlet for Daft Punk helmets, all that's left is to see how the legendary dance machines one-up the fans in their next round of robo-costumes.

Learn more about how Mike Michelena created his Guy-Manuel helmet on his website.


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