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RC Hawking

Because one can.
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I see The Hawkster around Cambridge from time to time, and last saw him at Addenbrooke's Hospital a couple of weeks ago; this plus Mustardface's idea (linky) has inspired one of MaxCo's greatest products.

Your very own RC Hawking comes partly assembled, requiring only 15- 20 minutes of work with a spanner and allen key (supplied), the installation of two car batteries, (plus three AA batteries in the remote), and the connection of the inconspicuous antenna, disguised in the frame of the glasses.

With a battery lifetime of over two hours, a remote control range of 200 metres, and a full repertoire of remotely-selectable phrases, MaxCo's life-size RC Hawking is available now for pre-order.

MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 22 2010

Partially uninspired by: Stephen_20Hawking_20Stroller_20Toy
[MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 22 2010]

Carl Sagan ft. Steven Hawking-A Glorious Dawn http://www.youtube....watch?v=zSgiXGELjbc
Probably my favorite video ever. Hawking's vocals kick in around 2:19. [DrWorm, Jan 22 2010]

Hawking cyborg http://igargoyle.co.../hawking-cyborg.jpg
[xandram, Jan 22 2010]

Let's hope it's built better than this. http://1.bp.blogspo...%2BHawking-Lego.jpg
[leinypoo13, Jan 22 2010]

Beta testing http://www.sns.ias....%20celebration.html
Batteries included. [MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 22 2010]

Richard Feynman http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feynman
A giant amongst pygmies [8th of 7, Jan 24 2010]


       When the cast of Jackass purchase ten of these and freak out an entire small town, probably causing death, I hope I can be around to get that look on your face. Will it be accomplishment? Defeat? Ahh.. the suspense!
daseva, Jan 22 2010

       How big would this be? Life-size? I suggest having it sync up to your Mac, so you can program it to say phrases using the computer's built-in vocoder.
DrWorm, Jan 22 2010

       Kidnap him. And at the next conference, use RC Hawking and a mic, hide behind the curtain and say that there was an accident at the LHC and he has been miniaturized.
leinypoo13, Jan 22 2010

       //How big would this be? Life-size?// Exactly, down to the last hair. In beta-tests, it seemed to work well enough to confuse most people. For example, see my second link. In this shot, the RC Hawking is being operated by Ricey Bob, who is wearing a crotch-mounted transmitter and is standing over to the left in the background. We also used this opportunity to field-test of our Miss Meeting-Filler (shown on right).
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 22 2010

       "Unplugged on MTV"   

       (Head in hands, misread Hawking,)
skinflaps, Jan 22 2010

       Do you know, I've been living and working in Cambridge for nearly ten years and I've yet to see the guy once. If I ever do see him, there's a certain mischievous side of my personality which is just dying to wheel-clamp him.
Wrongfellow, Jan 22 2010

       Blimey - it's unnerving living this close to another halfbaker. Wherejyou work?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 22 2010

       For a small software firm called RealVNC, in the BBC building on Hills Road, by the war memorial.
Wrongfellow, Jan 22 2010

       I'm on the Addenbrooke's site just up the road. Spooky. Maybe one day we should have a Cambridge HBfest. We could invite The Hawkster.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 22 2010

       Just a thought... RC Hawking drone to knock out terrorist king pins, but, it would probably only work once...   

       With Cambridge here, maybe Stephen is an HB. If so, we should give him his own grin icon for a Hawking vote.   

       Numb bun [+].
Mustardface, Jan 23 2010

       I'd be scared of the radiation.
RayfordSteele, Jan 23 2010

       Here's my advance order a small quantity of 1:3 or 1:4 scale versions, say a dozen, if this helps you decide to go to production.
tatterdemalion, Jan 23 2010

       Tatterdem - you're on. We're making you a special batch of 12 (plus one free - a baker's dozen) at 1:4 scale.   

       We had a few problems with this, since 1:4 scale puts the RC Hawking at just under 20ft tall, but I just got the OK from our structural engineers. Is your invoice address the same as the delivery address?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 23 2010

       Yes, the information is correct. I'm surprised to learn that Professor Hawking is nearly 80 feet tall. Admittedly I have not met him or seen him in person.
tatterdemalion, Jan 24 2010

       Hey wait a sec, how do we know Stephen Hawking isn't *already* completely remote controlled?
rcarty, Jan 24 2010

       ...or an halfbaker already?   

       Who is RC Hawking? I assume it has something to do with Stephen Hawking, but why do you call him RC? What is MaxCo? A fantasy?   

       This is a very user-unfriendly entry. I assume it is a sort of inside joke not meant to be understood by strangers. For that reason alone I’m voting against it.
Jim Bob of Merriam Park, Jan 24 2010

       Hawking is far more likely to be RC than on the HB, I think he'd say something like 'orders of magnitude', whatever that means.   

       RC is an abbreviation that is generally taken to mean |Remote Controlled or Radio Controlled. Much of what you see here on the HB is fantasy.
rcarty, Jan 24 2010

       I could see S. Hawking and M. Hervonen together in the 2011 season so   

       WRC Stephen Hawking!   

       (Because it would be a triumph of the human spirit you mean spirited, full body paralysis is a joke, bastards.)
WcW, Jan 24 2010

       I'd trade places.
rcarty, Jan 24 2010

       I don't think it's mean spirited. He's amazing! How cool to have a Stephen Hawking action figure. His condition is not a joke. He's a wonderful enigma. We love him!
Mustardface, Jan 24 2010

       To bits. I also love Richard Feynman and want to have his babies, and he's in an even worse condition. As is Asimov, and JE Gordon. Come to think of it, being one of my heroes is clearly a bit of a curse.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 24 2010

       at least yours are alive.
FlyingToaster, Jan 24 2010

       Only Hawking.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 24 2010

       hmmm yes <doh!> forgot Feynman died for some reason.
FlyingToaster, Jan 24 2010

MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 24 2010

       That's one seriously unlucky Star Sign ...   

8th of 7, Jan 24 2010

       Oh, STEPHEN Hawking! I thought this was something related to falconry.
notexactly, Feb 08 2016


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