The 4th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia
Conference 12-15 December • Exhibition 13-15 December • Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

Emerging Technologies


In an enclosed arena a dozen small color-coded autonomous robots coexist and communicate with participants. Through sensors and programmed behaviors the robots sense and respond to the presence of people within the arena. Participants interact with the robots and can attempt to control them. The work encourages participants to form a generative dialogue with the robots through physical interaction in order to explore the complexities of technologically mediated interaction and the developing relationships we have with technology and machines.
Robots have traditionally been portrayed in science fiction and popular culture as interacting with humans. However, in today's reality they are mainly used in industry to perform automated tasks, from assembling automobiles to performing tasks in places that are dangerous or inaccessible to humans but rarely do they actually interact with humans. In light of recent developments in the field of robotics, the development of humanoid robots, the programming of emotional behaviors into robots and the use of robots as carers and companions for the elderly, the installation invites participants to explore in a playful manner the social implications of a world shared with sentient technologies.

David McLellan, London College of Communication
Anna Marie Jansson, London College of Communication
Zhe Chen, London College of Communication
Nikolaos Antonogiannis, London College of Communication
Yan Hua Shao, London College of Communication