Wed 6 Jul 2016 11:00-14:30 at At-Bristol Science Centre
How would you feel if you were represented by a robot avatar on a date? Would you trust it to convey the essence of who you are? What does this have to do with puppetry?
Looking for open minded and adventurous participants to help navigate these questions in a unique experiment. Come and feel what it is like to be represented by a robot avatar in a public space and share your experience as part of this pioneering research. This is a chance to get your hands on Rusty Squid’s innovative technology and help shape the future of robots in our lives.
Witness the collision of worlds between some of Bristol’s leading robotics researchers and world renowned puppetry, animation and FX specialists. We will be collaborating with renowned practical effects master puppeteer William Todd-Jones who has worked on the likes of the Muppets, Labyrinth, Batman, and Harry Potter films and Lillian Todd-Jones his daughter who has been raised in this craft.
Puppet Presence is a collaborative project created by Rusty Squid, Paul Bremner from Bristol Robotics Lab, Chris Bevan from University of Bath and Watershed. It has part of Being There: Humans and Robots in Public Places research grant funded by the EPSRC under its IDEAS Factory Sandpits call on Digital Personhood.