Sentimental Soft Robotic WiP Show Jan 2017, RCA

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Robotic artefacts responsive and adaptive to human emotional cues. The prototypes on the show are studies of what sensual movements the materiality of soft robotics could do and what sensing capacity it could take within its ‘body’. One robot starts to wiggle when someone approaches, so as to attract attention. The other robots twist in responsive to touch. The green one acts differently when touch are gentle or strong. As from previous studies, the organic forms, instead of freeing imaginations, actually limiting imaginations to creatures or sexualisations. So in this work-in-progress show, soft robotic artefacts with geometric shapes and strong colours are also created and put into a fashion accessory context. This is the study and anyse stage of the material properties and its computational capacity. The aim of this process is to result in a selection of movements which act both as actuators as well as sensors. They should efficiently contribute to the forming of affective bond with humans and at the same time collect data of people’s behaviour patterns that associate with their emotional status. These movements then will be synthesised into one artefacts with a series of behaviours, or they will be developed into movement building blocks. In either case, they meant to allow an open-ended process of personalisation and enable a process of relation forming at individual level. The design perceives emotion as interaction (Kirsten et al, 2007) and supports the understanding, interpretation and experiencing of emotions as its aim.

I ask people:

How does it make you feel?

Would you like to wear it? How?

A workshop entitlled: How meaningful emotional relations are co-constructed between human and their wearable robotic artefacts? has been held in tandem with the exhibition. Details could be found here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PhD/MPhil Royal College of Art, fashion designer and researcher, soft robotics as emotive agents, responsive & adaptive behaviors,cross-disciplinary research, mountain trekker & cat lover Twitter @_caroline6868

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