Part of the assignment for 201 is to exhibit our practical projects, the exhibition will take place in the Roland Levinsky Building, in order for our exhibition to be managed and organised I need to present a short brief of what I will need and what space I will need to present my project.
In order to exhibit my work effectively I will require a small amount of floor space as well as a desk/table on which to place a monitor, I will also require access to at least 4 power sockets.
I will use the monitor to display an edited video of footage captured during experimentation with my robot, along with the monitor on the surface space I will have a workbook of how the robot was constructed and its specifications. I will use the floor space to demo the robot working, interacting with passers-by.
Basic sketch of floorplan
For my DAT201 project my aim is to explore the relationship between robots and humans in order to discover what works and what doesn’t with robot-human interaction and what can be done in the future to improve or change the relationship between humans and robots for the better.
My project will explore the relationship between robotic devices and humans in real life situations and compare these to human-to-human interaction of the same nature. I will create a prototype robot that I will release into a public space (i.e. city center or university campus), the aim of which will be to see what reactions the robot causes when it tries to interact with people, these interactions will vary from asking for directions to complimenting or insulting people. This is in order to judge the subjects response to the robot compared to if asked a similar question by a human. I have also decided to expand this exploration by having changeable aesthetics on the robot, for example one cute and innocent looking casing and one more angry and hardened looking exterior, this is to counteract the research I did that concluded that a ‘cute’ looking robot would be much more approachable than a more industrial or hardened looking one, I need to be able to effectively compare the robot-human interaction with human to human interactions and therefore by varying the aesthetics it will enable me to acquire a more informed answer.
The technology I will use to create this robot could include an Arduino or Rasp PI because of their size, portability and ease of coding; both these devices have proven track records being used for successful robotics applications. I will also incorporate a speaker, microphone and camera into the robot so that it could interact with people and record/stream feeds from the robot to aid in the evaluation of the results. The robot will likely be remotely controlled due to unpredictability of people in public places.
The whole project will be covertly recorded on camera, I will need to also record certain human to human interactions in order to effectively compare the results with the footage recorded of the robot human interactions.
Sorry for the lack of updates recently, I stopped blogging over Christmas as was busy with other stuff!
This terms modules has a lot of group based projects with project specific blogs for each one. I will post some updates here for them although the majority of the content will be view-able on those blogs. I will add the links to this post shortly.
Coming up this term I have:
- DAT201 – Essay and Practical Project – I will blog about this soon as I will be putting the practical project into development soon!
- DAT202 – Tamar Grow Local Innovative Idea – Coming up with a way to digitally enhance the CIC (Community Interest Company) Tamar Grow Local. (Group Project)
- DAT203 – Documenting Cities – A very wide briefed project concerning the city of plymouth, an explanation will be on the blog. (Group Project)
- DAT204 – HTML5 Web Game – We have been tasked with the job of creating an HTML5 game that can implement Canvas, SVG and WebGL. (Group Project)
- DAT205 – App Development – I have not yet received the brief for the assignment for this module however we are currently learning android app development.
- DAT206 – Arduino – Although the final brief hasn’t been given to us we will be creating a musical device/instrument using Arduino and Processing. (Group Project)
So leading on from the essay I wrote I have been researching into what makes robots approachable and what makes somebody want to actively interact with a robot successfully!
Having a looked around for a few projects similar to the ones I am planning, I found this :
The above robot relies on being cute for people to interact with it, so after digging a little deeper into what people find cute and why we find specific things cute, I found the video below which I think sums it up pretty well!
Throughout the lecture series by Michael Blow I have been trying to think of a suitable idea to use that will fit the assignment brief. We have heard/read a fair amount about robotics through this lecture series and I think this may be something I am interested in.
My vague idea as it is now is to create a AI robot with sensors and monitoring devices to move and transmit a feed of video and sound, this robot is to then be covered in different ‘skins’ i.e. friendly looking, mean looking, shady looking. I then want to monitor peoples responses to compliments and insults from the robot compared to if the same had come from a human and also monitor the differences/similarities in how people react based on what skin is currently on the robot.
This idea is still work in progress and very rough but with refinement I believe it could have some scope.