A DAFT LEGACY

Sometimes the best way to learn is to emulate.

Since discovering their music I have loved everything about the trailblazing anonymous French duo Daft Punk. Their work has been such an inspiration to so many of my interests, hobbies, and work. Sometimes the best way to learn is to emulate. For close to twenty years my admiration of the band has inspired me to learn and develop new skillsets. Regardless of their all but confirmed retirement, Daft Punk's particular brand of secretive, bold, learned, and technologically advanced creativity will continue to inspire me for the rest of my life.

Daft Punk's particular brand of secretive, bold, learned, and technologically advanced creativity will continue to inspire me for the rest of my life.

THE HELMETS

Very early on in their careers the duo dumped every dollar they had into a commission for two Hollywood-quality prop masks to obscure their personal identities, and become their new personas.

The helmets were further ahead of their time technologically than Daft Punk's tech-heavy music. The helmet design featured the kind of LED arrays we are used to seeing today, but decades before as these types of LEDs were first becoming available.

Guy-Manuel Helmet

GUY EARS

Thomas Bangalter Helmet

THOMAS EARS

THOMAS LED ARRAY

THOMAS VISOR

ROBOT HANDS

NEXT STEPS

ELECTRONICS

Since starting the electronics portion of the helmet build nearly a decade ago, LED controller technology has become significantly more accessible, and the hardware has become more compact.

DAFT PUNK

For
Helmet replicas in progress since 2011!
Date
2011 – eventually