Double-Taker Robot Makes Observations About Passersby

Double-Taker (Snout)

If you like things that are interactive, you might like Double-Taker (Snout), which happens to be an interactive installation. Golan Levin designed the snout, which consists of an eight-foot long industrial robotic arm, and it deceptively looks similar to a pachyderm’s trunk. Video after the jump.

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You could install it on the top of your house for some really funny ‘double-takes’. It deals with themes such as trans-species eye contact, gestural choreography, subjecthood and of course autonomous surveillance. When people walk around the snout or are in the vicinity of the snout, it makes actions and orientations, which indicates that it is intelligent and is aware of their presence. The robot uses a machine vision algorithm. The robot appears to be surprised with each passerby’s unique qualities and makes such communication sans words. Commissioned by Robot250, the Double-Taker (Snout) is an artwork displayed in Pittsburgh. The control system was built using RAPID and OpenFrameworks using OpenCV.

Via Gizmowatch