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December 22, 2006

'Sycophant' — by Thomas Edwards


Edwards is a Washington, D.C.-based technological artist who got the idea for his praise robot (above) from "a friend who went to a party and followed girls around complimenting them. I guess it worked.", he told Rachel Beckman of the Washington Post in a story that appeared in yesterday's (December 21, 2006) paper.

"Sycophant explores the relationship between viewers and a human-like robot. The human head is mounted on a motorized base which moves along a track. As a viewer walks by, the head follows on the track, while plying him or her with a cornucopia of compliments such as "I really like your hair" and "You look really hot!"

You can meet Edwards, who founded the Washington, D.C. chapter of Dorkbot, at the chapter's next meeting, which takes place on Wednesday, January 24, 2007.

Details here.

Bonus: You don't have to bring a covered dish.

Can't make it?

Start your own chapter: the world's your oyster.

[via MAKE]

December 22, 2006 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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