May 9, 2012 at 3:16 PM ET
If your robot watches your every move and reacts accordingly, will you love it more or run for the hills? If it’s anything like the one in this video, it’ll want your love but might give you the creeps.
On his website, Bertner describes the installation as “a robotic life form that strives to emulate and socially engage its viewers in hopes to become understood and accepted.”
The wall-mounted robot uses an open-source tracking application to follow its viewer's face with a webcam. The data collected affects the “emotional state” of the face that the robot projects onto its sphere in real time, he explains.
To see it for yourself, watch the video above.
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