Coco's robot foxes + 4 days left!
Apologies it’s been a little while since the last update. I’m really happy with how the campaign is going. We’ve just past 550% funded which is fantastic and Smartibot has been turning up in exciting places like the BBC Click website and the Evening Standard. Thank you all so much for your support and welcome to all the new backers.
In this update I wanted to talk about the really fun collaboration we did with the amazing artist Coco Sato. Coco works manly with Origami and creates the most beautiful work as you can see on her Instagram. She is also into robots and has been working with a really talented roboticist called Dr Ad Spiers to animate some of her sculptures.
Coco loves how the sculptures move but when she’s wanted to display them this has meant needing to hook them up to lots of different pieces of electronic hardware, and it she has been limited by how responsive she can make them by the sensors available.
We hooked five of her robot origami foxes up to a single Smartibot board and battery box, connected an iPhone over bluetooth, started up the A.I. and set it to track a person. Immediately the foxes heads started following anyone who walked past them in an eerie but also very cool way. Coco was really happy with the result as you can see in this video.
I really enjoyed working on this because I had suspected that a really simple and easy to use robotics platform could potentially be very useful to artists and it was great to see that work out in practice with Smartibot, and also because the end result was so beautiful and pleasing to interact with. I hate how a barrier of mutual misunderstanding seems to separate the world of art from the world of electronics hacking and I hope Smartibot will be able to make a contribution towards overcoming this.
There are 5 days left for the campaign so if you’ve not shared the campaign on social media (to claim your free poster) now is the time, and if you have and fancy sharing it again now is probably the time for that as well! If you want to tag us we're on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Thanks again for your continued support, Ross