Whilst in residence at the Studio, Ad (Adam) Spiers was also a research associate at Bristol Robotics Laboratory. His main research deals with haptic technology (devices that interface with a user via the sense of touch) which he believes has great uncharted potential. He has been investigating this technology for a number of different applications, from enhancing the abilities of surgeons to accessible immersive theatre.

Ad has had an obsession with all things robotic since seeing the movie Short Circuit as a child in the eighties. Since then he has studied robotics extensively and built a number of electronic / electromechanical systems for both scientific and artistic endeavours. He has contributed to a number of technology based installations and also likes robots that draw, flashing lights and making people say ‘wow’. 

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