it’s almost alive…
We’ve made some progress with the RoboCop prototype.
Here’s a miniature version we’ve put together. We’re using an FSR to trigger an audio track (as of now, “Toxic” by Britney Spears) and the arm choreography. The basic motion of the arms is working well, although I’ll need to rewrite some of the code to make it more flexible.
We’ve also started to play with some more powerful servos.
Very thrashy, just like real police!
We’ve put together a bill of materials for the Robocop project. This includes almost everything we’ll need – minus a power supply which we haven’t quite figured out yet, and a some simple mounting pieces.
We also have a rudimentary systems diagram:
Bloomberg’s shamelessly racist policy of “Stop and Frisk”, will be ending soon in New York. Or so we hope. I propose an aspirational memorial to its passing (of the “good riddance” variety), in the form of an interactive installation where suspicious participants are subjected to a semi-invasive robotic/mechanical frisking. The working title of this project is “RoboCop”.
The suspicious participant approaches a wall with markings indicating where to put her hands and feet.
When the suspect is in place, an audio track begins, explaining the procedure. The audio will be sourced from this recording of a police harassing a teenager during a stop.
Mechanical hands will lift raise, wrap themselves around the suspect, and vigorously frisk the legs, butt and torso. The frisking will only intensify if the suspect attempts to remove herself from the designated position.
Getting yelled at and felt up by this robot is exactly as effective as the measures currently in place, but far more efficient.