This blog explores ideas, designs and technologies that can be used to construct machines which fill certain social gaps. Perhaps more accurately, it looks at social robots, and even more specifically at my own projects. This is by no means an exhaustive overview of the field; rather, just a few rambling thoughts.
I wrote an article which details the ideas underlying my robots. It’s a good place to start.
At this stage, the blog mostly revolves around this one project called ADB, as it’s the one I am currently working on. After Deep Blue, or ADB for short, is a snake-like, modular robot designed for haptic interactions with people. It writhes, wriggles, twists and squeezes in response to how it is held and touched. It can be used to explore intimate and emotional relationships with technology through direct physical contact. ADB adapts to, and reciprocates the energy you put into it though your body. When touched, it comes to life. When stroked, it seeks more contact. And soon, when it is harmed, it will defend or try to get away.
You can read a longer overview of the project here.