Nyan Cat hat will be the hit of the party…. for about one minute

Seriously, this Nyan Cat hat is the only part needed for a fantastic Halloween costume. It looks pretty good in this still image, but we dare you to watch the clip of it in action (embedded after the break) without letting a beaming grin creep onto your face. Everyone’s going to just love this… until it starts to get really annoying.

When switched on, the iconic meme rotates around the headgear, bobbing its head and tail as she sings the song of her people. There are also stars made of white LEDs that twinkle very brightly in the process. The presentation is quite good, but even better is seeing the build process. Luckily [Ben Katz] posted a series of detailed articles during the adventure. The mechanism responsible for driving the cat around the hat was laser cut from acrylic. It includes a large gear with teeth on the inside, which is interface by a continuously rotating servo motor with a much smaller gear. The head and tail bobbing are purely mechanical, using the revolving motion to turn a spindle as the cat makes its way around the brim.

Comments

  1. Steve says:

    Ohhhh blatantly obvious typos… I guess that I won’t click any HAD advertisements today!

  2. jmptable says:

    Part way through the video I had the amazing realization that this is someone who lives in my dorm…

    Awesome project! I will go see it in person.

  3. Theo says:

    It looks like you accidentally a word in a headline.

  4. jordan says:

    holy crap “Nyan Cat hat will the the hit of the party…. for about one minute” ‘the the hit’?! c’mon use msword or SOMETHING.

  5. svofski says:

    the title of this article is incredible even by HAD standards :D

  6. hooooooooooooooorj says:

    I especially like the awkward manner with which the person walks at the end of the video.

  7. limpkin says:

    how hard is it to reread what has been written?

  8. Brian smith says:

    Stop complaining about typos… It doesn’t detract from the story.

  9. Gert says:

    Well I guess I’ll be the first to not whine…

    That is an awesome piece of work! Sure it probably weighs at least 3 lbs or so, but for two weeks worth of work, that is a commendably good result.

  10. Squirrel says:

    And I shall dub thee, Nyan Hat.

  11. Amazed says:

    Makes him walk like a robot.

  12. Popo says:

    All this work, and they didn’t even use a hat that fits.

  13. obsoehollerith says:

    What… No Fogger?

  14. stupidgoatboy says:

    SHE HAS NO ARMS!

  15. wilson skataaloot from across the street says:

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!
    HOLY CRAP!!! HA HA HA HA HA HA !!!! fuck, man!! fuck….

  16. Nick says:

    Why no sound in the video??!?!?!

  17. Michael Chen says:

    Awesome project, annoying music. Love it

  18. MorbiousStone says:

    this is dumb, like cocaine dumb, like “welcome back cottter” dumb ( i had too look up 2 see why that show was such a big deal) it was the worst of all time…. like this cat & those ugly faces people post online , like like people that think “Drake” makes actual music or has any talent dumb Like people who take the worst music or the worst art or the worst clothes or the lamest jokes & pretend they are super cool until other tards follow along in eternal tardum that dumb.

    • edonovan says:

      You seem like the type of person who scolds a two year old for coloring outside the lines.

      Someday I’m sure you’ll learn to lighten up a bit and just have fun. Until then, I hope you fend off the heart attacks.

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