Robots are programmed with traits such as impatience and confidence in an installation by designer Madeline Gannon, whose work explores the potential for humans and machines to live harmoniously.
Gannon — who last year charmed visitors to the London Design Museum with Mimus, an industrial robot that played with passers-by like it was a 1200-kilogram puppy — worked with ten robots for the new installation, titled Manus.
One of the reasons Gannon’s robots appear to move so naturally is that their actions are not directly programmed; instead, they follow the motion of a simulation that is triggered by the positioning of the people in front of them.
Twelve depth sensors at the base of the installation track a 1.5-metre area around the work, in particular focusing on people’s hands and feet.
Slight differences in the robots’ programming gives each one a different “personality”, so they respond to people in varying ways.
Manus was commissioned by the World Economic Forum and displayed at its 2018 Annual Meeting of New Champions in Tianjin, China in September.
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