Kickstarter for Little Robot Friends by Aesthetec
Aesthetec, an interaction design and technology company from Toronto, has developed cute little robots with their own unique and customizable personalities. Their Kickstarter project, called Little Robot Friends, includes beginner sets all the way up to developer kits. These little robots include smart technologies. As the team describes the little friends:
“They can sense the amount of light in a room, they can hear with a small integrated microphone, they can detect your touch and they can also communicate with other Little Robot Friends using infrared light (like your TV remote). They have two RGB LED eyes and a 250mW speaker for expressing their current mood. The brain is an 8-bit 32K microcontroller that provides a lot of space for coding behaviours and storing memories.”
They can become your friend, and even friends with each other. With the customizable kit, you can set your robot’s personality on 6 different settings - from brave to timid, happy to angry and several others.
The project was inspired by Aesthetec’s first venture into personalized robots. Their exhibit Nicebots (2004), which was at the Modern Art Museum in Nice, France, included 30 robots who roamed the museum. As the team describes the project, “By the end of the project we had 30 robots, each with their own quirks and charms.”
You can see more of Aesthetec’s interactive projects on their website.
- Lee Jones