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Paparazzi Bot Prowls for Smiling Faces

The Paparazzi Bots are a series of robots invented by Ken Rinaldo, a faculty member in the Department of Art at Ohio State University. Each bot is autonomous, and moves about on a wheeled platform, using infrared sensors to move towards humans. It’s goal is to take single photographs of people, and it makes decisions on whether or not to capture the photograph based on facial expressions of the subject. If you happen to be smiling, the bot is more likely to photograph you.

Here’s a short video demonstration of the bot in action:

Rinaldo was invited to deploy three of these bots at the recent Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and two of the bots were also used at an art and digital culture festival in Berlin.

We’d like to see a video of these things in action on New York City sidewalks.

(via Steve’s Digicams)


 
 
  • http://twitter.com/jrdesign jrdesign

    Crazy! Hmmm feels a bit scary but I'm sure there will be some good uses for something like this. What would you do if one of these was wandering/rolling around a party and started taking snapshots of you?

  • netometry

    “What would you do if one of these was wandering/rolling around a party and started taking snapshots of you?”
    I'd ask it to make me a drink… non alcoholic of course.

  • http://urlconsult.com/ mary and stephen

    I love this thing! It's a camera that roams around taking candid snap shots of people. It captures facial expression that just can't be inspired by a human. I dig the idea of pushing technology advancement through the use of art.