Section: New Results
We designed, built, tested and demonstrated the FLOWERS FIELDS installation. This is a robotic installation that explores new forms and new functions of robotics. When we think of robots, we traditionally have in mind either humanoid robots that look like humans and are supposed to do similar things as humans, or industrial robotic arms which should work in factories. On the contrary, the future may come with unforeseen kinds of robots that may enter our everyday homes: for examples, as houses become themselves intelligent with domotics, we could imagine that furnitures themselves could become robots. Chairs, tables, televisions, or lamps may become robots. In FLOWERS FIELDS, five robotic lamps mounted on a table move like living entities, with their own moods and their own system of interaction. They can be thought to be in houses partly as aesthetic objects, and partly for their social presence. Indeed, not only their movements and sounds are life-like, but they are sensible to human presence and can become interested in looking and interacting with people through those movements and sounds. This installation was demonstrated at the “Futuro Remoto” international robotics exhibition in the Science Museum (Citta della Scienza) in Naples, Italy.