Mechatronics Art: Media Archaeology
Note: this page is my submission for the DXARTS 471 Assignment #1: Media Archaeology.
I selected this old black and white TV because I remember playing around with it as a small child and seeing it stored in old boxes while cleaning the garage - it was the most memorable piece of old/ classic/ obsolete technology. The moment I saw it, it looked like a head of a robot cute robot, and that founded the inspiration for making it look like a robot. Moreover, my intention at the beginning was to create something people could empathize with, hence why I gave the robot a beating heart.
My future directions with this project are to imprison the robot in a metal cage, as it shows its perspective being locked inside. I hope to elicit feelings of sympathy from viewers, and through seeing the robot’s perspective, hopefully they can do more than simply feel sympathy: hopefully they can empathize with the robot. I want to do this in order to show how simple it is to be empathetic towards issues in prison - something which happens 24/7 but rarely crosses the minds of us “responsible” citizens. It’s then funny how people would feel more sorry for a barely-functioning robot than for two-million people in basically the same scenario.
NOTE: Missing from the diagram is that the Arduino UNO is powered by a 9V battery; it can also be powered from other sources.
For the Uno (controlling the servo):
For the ATtiny (controlling the LED, only powered by the 5V supplied through the Uno):
I was considering adding user interaction - such as the potentiometer or similar sensor controlling/ affecting the camera view - but I wanted the robot to have a sense of autonomy. In the future, I’d like to add some randomness to the camera’s movements; perhaps I could add two to three mics so the camera would look at a source of noise using some basic triangulation.