Near Now Studio Talk:  Creative Robotics

Near Now Studio Talk: Creative Robotics

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Making creative projects using robotics, machine learning and AI, with Makers of Imaginary Worlds

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Our series of Studio Talks continue with Makers of Imaginary Worlds, designers of interactive and engaging experiences for young audiences.

Makers of Imaginary Worlds' previous installation projects have relied on tactile materials and touch technologies to engage audiences. Recent project Thingamabobas makes use of contactless sensing technologies, robotics, machine learning, and AI to create a playful, sensory experience where participants meet and interact with a circus troupe of performative mechanical and kinetic structures.

Supported by a team of artists, creative technologists and researchers at the University of Nottingham's Cobot Maker Space they conducted a period of research and development exploring robotics, motion tracking, proximity sensors, infrared sensors, and pressure sensors (foot-based interaction) for the design of participatory experiences.

In this talk, Makers of Imaginary World's founders and artistic directors, Roma Patel and Rachel Ramchurn, will give an insight into the development of their recent work, share inspiring examples of other artists and creatives using and collaborating with robotics, and demonstrate NED: The Never-Ending Dancer — part of the Thingamabobas troupe of robot performers.

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