iC Hexapod
August 3, 2008 11:00 AM   Subscribe

The iC hexapod is a robot built by Matt Denton which tracks and photographs human faces then uploads the images to a website. It was one of the featured pieces at the recent Monster Mash FX exhibit in London.
posted by Tube (11 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Creepy. Do Not Want.
posted by EatTheWeak at 11:36 AM on August 3, 2008

Fascinated. Want ten of them.
posted by the Real Dan at 11:48 AM on August 3, 2008

Heh. Fair enough.
posted by EatTheWeak at 11:52 AM on August 3, 2008

There's an 'interactive multimedia sculpture' outside of my old work; it was a large round screen with a camera mounted off to the side. It'd take face pictures (presumably using similar recognition technology) and then project them on a huge wall nearby. I always considered it the dumbest, ugliest piece of public art I'd seen. This, on the other hand, is cool! I think it's the anthropomorphizing of the device, and specifically the arachnid formation. I wonder if I'd feel the same way if it was humanoid or canine or bunnyoid instead of a hexapod.
posted by carsonb at 12:16 PM on August 3, 2008

This thing is amazing and creepy. I do find it sort of annoying that people say it has a "personality," though; until it can make decisions and act creatively it doesn't.

Also, Myleen Klass is cute.
posted by sonic meat machine at 12:17 PM on August 3, 2008

Ooh, very cool. I want to get two of them to take pictures of each other. Better yet, put a rubber mask or something on the rear end of each one and have them chase each other around trying to snap pictures in a kind of robot version of tag.
posted by wanderingmind at 12:17 PM on August 3, 2008

All I can think of is Minority Report. Still, a very impressive application of technology. Looks like we are well on track with the SOP of militarizing it.

Now, the scientists have a few years to complete fitting it with iris scanners while we put the finishing touches on our good and bad people lists.
posted by meinvt at 12:38 PM on August 3, 2008

Previously (not a double, AFAICT, but I love the incredible control)
posted by DU at 5:16 PM on August 3, 2008

just make em a bit smaller

Minority Report?
posted by captainsohler at 7:18 PM on August 3, 2008

Maaaaaatt Deeennnnton.
posted by turgid dahlia at 8:56 PM on August 3, 2008

Very nice.

Clearly hexapodia is the key insight here...
posted by adrianhon at 2:25 AM on August 4, 2008

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