Part of a larger research project, Swarming Heads is the artistic interpretation of the project by Stelarc. A preview of the then work-in-progress installation was open to the public in December 2011 at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. The interactive installation has seven robots with on-board sensors for detecting human interlocutors and means to acknowledge each other. Perched on a pedestal of 2m diameter – the robots develop emergent behavior in response to each other and the observers.
The project began as an integral part of the Adopt-a-robot program in early 2010. This installation has inspired several other works including this one by Erin Gee. Recently, a US start up has come-up with a similar concept that uses a smart phone as the robotic head, the installation uses a ASUS tablet and an iRobot Create robot base.
Artist: Stelarc | Systems Engineering: Damith | TH Framework: Damith & Zhengzhi | AI: Christian Kroos