Autonomous Light Air Vessels, or ALAV’s aka “Blubber Bots” are a really fun robotic airships that you can build yourself from a kit. In fact, Blubber Bots are a robotic DIY dream– fun, relatively inexpensive and a bold foray into everyday tech. To me they look a bit like Robosapien Manatees, but the neat part is how they were built to communicate. They don’t just float around looking graceful, they chat you up.
Previous ALAV’s were more proof-of-concept, but the Blubber Bot phenom has taken to an egg now, and you can apparently buy a kit from the creator. Also, Jed Berk will be in Los Angeles on June 30 to show everyone at Machine Project how to build your own Blubber Bot.