Integrated Technology Design
Gloombot is an eerie looking robot. It is a castaway from society with no purpose left, so it prefers solitude above anything.Gloombot is the answer to the question:
How does a robot act when it is gloomy?
Gloombot is the result of the course Integrated technology Design. The aim of this course is to create an experienceable interaction in a process with a lot of fast iterations with a 'making first'-approach. During this course I worked in a team of five people. Each team member had a specific role and I fullfilled the role of the engineer. It was my duty to focus on the mechanics and electronics of our prototypes.
At the beginning of this project we discovered what should be the essence of our concept by tinkering low-tech prototypes. And we developed a clear vision on what this should look like by creating mock-ups of the robot's responses to interacting with people.
One of the core features of the robot should be that it moves away from social contact.
We created the envisioned embodiment and behaviour as a stand-alone responsive prototype. Making use of an Arduino board, the robot was programmed to use distance-sensors to scan its surroundings, a servo motor to look around and a steppermotor to move backward or forward.
To finish it all off, we also created a small backstory and ambiance for the robot to live in. This ambiance was experienceable during the final exhibition of this project.