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Worm: Robot you can scare

This robotic worm moves around and bows at who ever gets close to it. The piece was received by the audience as a strange pet. No artificial intelligence was involved, but people grew attached to the unpredictable personality, controlled by the unpredictable factors in my camera vision software. The robot was a model for a larger installation entitled 'garden of lovers' in which a 5x5 grid of life-size robotic worms would dance together in response to who ever was walking around amongst them. This was a proposal (which i am still looking for) and this single interactive prototype.

I built for "Interactive Multimedia" in the UCLA Hypermedia Studio, within the dept. of FilmTV, under the instruction of Jeff Burke, Jason Brush, and Fabian Wagmeister.

Alone

Alone

Responding

Responding

Naked

Naked

Addon-Art pcomp Final (arm)

Interfaces to existing interactive installations can be altered by building additional technology on top of them. This motorized arm interacts with other physical pieces by being present, moving its joints, and waving a flashlight. What if twenty students made twenty pieces that could interact with one another in a similar fashion? Many surprising outcomes would delight the heart and soul. What is great about this collaboration is that we did not hook our projects up to one another through a serial protocol or by merging the electronic circuitry. The exchange was both elegant and accessible, for the communication happened within the human spectrum.

Scott Fitzgerald also provided some interactive light experimentation.

The arm turns Greg Shakar's COPPER URCHIN into a   never-ending music box.

The arm turns Greg Shakar's COPPER URCHIN into a never-ending music box.

The arm transforms Danny Rozin's WOODEN MIRROR into a   self-animating piece.

The arm transforms Danny Rozin's WOODEN MIRROR into a self-animating piece.

The arm is remote controlled to play with Frederick Lorenz's   SUCCULENT L-SYSTEMS.

The arm is remote controlled to play with Frederick Lorenz's SUCCULENT L-SYSTEMS.