Micro.Spheres Social Robot Ball Project

May 9, 2006

The Micro.Spheres project invites human visitors into a room filled with 16 autonomous robot balls. The presence of the visitor sets off the sensors in the balls, which move around the room to achieve a new state of equilibrium. If the person in the room is continuously moving, the balls are too. If the person stands still or leaves the room, the balls will find a state of balance and stop moving. The project is supposed to address changing social structures, but if they added a few spikes to the balls and swapped out the word "micro" with "death" or "danger," they could have a successful movie franchise on their hands. Did I say successful? I meant terrible.


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