01. Tangible examples (Yoni Afek)

Keepon dancing robot

What makes them great  (or not) ? It’s great because it is the first robot (that I’ve seen) that is able to express simple interaction with such a simple looking robot. The maker claims that with human-like robots that are detailed or advanced, humans cannot relate because they see the clear difference, but with something like a cartoon caracther they can add their own relationship and analysis to it.

What makes them examples of tangible interaction?  (or not)? It reacts to different sights and sounds, not automated to preform one thing.

What are their principal characteristics or features? Dances to the music and changes pace as the tempo of the music changes, and dances in various ways (I’m not sure if that is random or determined by different sounds)

Who made them and why?  developed by Hideki Kozima and programmed by Marek Michalowski, this version is supposed to be sold commercially but the original keepon is used to study preschooler’s behavior and reaction to interaction with a robot. It has a camera and micrrophone and based on what is done its movements change.

How do they work? “uses a gimbal-based system to move through about as full a range of motions as two spheres are capable of, and is able to react to visual stimulation in addition to music thanks to some built-in cameras.”

2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lXh2n0aPyw
Piano stairs, set up by thefuntheory.com – a group spon

What makes them great  (or not) ? they are great because they make people happier, and cause people to exercise when they have the clear alternative of using an escalator, making tasks that usually seem tedious, fun.

What makes them examples of tangible interaction?  (or not)? It interacts with every step that someone takes and it is a different note every time so it allows a person to create their own melody by simply walking up or down the stairs.

What are their principal characteristics or features? When people put their weight on a step they hear a piano note as if the stairs were piano keys

Who made them and why? Thefuntheory.com made them, they do many different things relating to making beneficial tasks seem more fun, and thus more poeple will participate.

How do they work? From the video I saw that they  use a camera, speakers and pads to put on the stairs, I’m not sure if they project the image or it is digitally shown on the pad, and if the pad knows that someone steps on it or if the camera communicates that the action has happened.


~ by Yoni Afek on January 14, 2010.

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