Telepresence Robots

diy, robots, telepresenceTony Thompson has a cool DIY project.  Basically he created two robots that talk to each other.  He wanted to be able to communicate with his significant other when he was away.

Push the button on the stomach of either robot and the other robot will wave hello, even when they are not in the same place.

I find interaction design to be pretty fascinating. And lets face it, most of the technology we deal with on a daily basis has not been designed with interaction in mind. Or at least not subtle interaction.

When you’re in a room with someone, there are many different subtle ways to indicate that you enjoy their presence. Everything from where you sit to how you breath has at least some degree of significance — some degree of communication. This project was my way of performing that communicative act, when I’m not in a room with that someone.

Enough waxing philosophical: I made two little robots. One for my fiancé’s desk, and one for mine. When you poke one in the belly, the other one waves.

Check out Tony’s website for all the details and a short video.

Awesome project Tony!

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