Josh - Sandpit

MOD.
Josh

THE BRIEF..........................

To create an interactive work called Josh for MOD. 

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THE PROJECT.........................

Sandpit was commissioned by the Museum of Discovery (a new museum focused on science, art and technology) to create a new interactive work that explores the concept of the ‘uncanny valley’.

Josh, a highly realistic animatronic head, speaks to you. As you approach, his eyes follow you, he whispers phrases – sometimes amusing, pedestrian or completely surreal. 

The work seeks to make the viewer question their empathy and compassion for robots, and what the future of robot rights might look like as artificial intelligence becomes more sophisticated and more ‘human’.

Created in collaboration with animatronic props maker Marshall Tearle, Sandpit developed unique software to allow the head to look at individual visitors, and playback complex servo animations and audio to bring the work to life.

 

THE TECHNOLOGY..........................

Animatronics & Custom software 

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