Part of the Media Lab’s Public Anemone exhibit at SIGGRAPH 2002, these tubeworm robots were inspired by their namesake sea-creatures.
The consisted of fiberoptic ‘tentacles’ paired with a capacitive sensor under its shell that could sense the proximity of a person’s hand. The fibers would pull in and change color when a person approached. I constructed Dan Stiehl’s design. This was my first robotics project!!
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