The purpose of this project was to build a working robot. Our future houseplant robot is the result of an explorative design process where we tested multiple materials, interactions, and structures to reach a working prototype with the most interesting human-robot interaction.
Our future houseplant mimics human breathing and heart-beat patterns. When someone approaches it, the robot sensitively reacts and its heartbeat/breathing speeds up. Only when someone holds the robot for awhile, it becomes calm once again.
The robot works through the use of Arduino, air pumps and conductive paint. The air pockets are made out of Tyvek.