AestheticaBot.Leif is an ultra-sonic sensor based interactive installation. Its tentacles will react to the field changes around its main body. The closer the distance it detects from other object, the faster the tentacles spin as well as the signal light flashes. The interaction sequence is deliberately arranged based on different timeline, giving more depth and subtle details to the whole inter- active process.
AestheticaBot.Leif belongs to the collection AestheticaBot, which is a collection of interactive bots with hybrid aesthetics inspired by imaginary extraterrestrial life forms. It intends to simulate the growing energy of the earthly plantation. However, instead of absorbing light to grow as a normal plant, it “grows” when there are changes within its own distance detection range.(aka. the changes of the field) By growing, it tries to send information signals as blinking and waving. The noise from the servos conveys the clumsiness of a mechanism-based structure, which depicts a crude mechanical aesthetic.
bottom equilateral triangle side length 30cm
wooden board, transparent acrylic board, Arduino Uno, LED, 3D-printed sculptures using PLA, Servos, ultra-sonic sensor, wires