A museum is a place of knowledge and generations. Nevertheless you’ll always find this sacred silence in its rooms that displaces any communication. This little stool called Gotthard is designed to move around in the museum to break this iron silence.
Gotthard happens to follow people around. When they take a seat on him he records their conversations and later he plays them back to other visitors as a form of interaction. A pair of gutted cordless drills with wheels on their ends are working as his engine. An Arduino handles the robotic functions and an iBook handles recording and playback. Ultrasonic sensors guide the movement, and a set of LEDs roughly show how full the recording drive is.
This project was realised in a cooperation with my fellow student Birgit Heinz.
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