Svein Flygari Johansen
Am I making up what really happened? 12 November 2011 – 12 February 2012
Beaconsfields Gallery, Lambeth, London.
The Gallery is in a railway arch under the main railway line to Waterloo, Svein's idea was that as trains passed overhead a glass of milk on the table would vibrate and move as the table vibrated with the noise. However the glass had not to fall off the table!
Also he insisted that there be nothing in the glass other than milk so moving the glass using magnets was not possible.
I decided that the noise of the train could be picked up by a microphone, amplified and used to drive a big speaker under the top of the table. The table top would be tilted so the glass would vibrate down the slope then by sensing the glass as it approached an edge the table could be tilted in the opposite direction so the glass would then move away from the edge.
Note that these videos are not speeded up, they show the actual speed of the leg.
Note the leg doesn't move for the first four seconds.
The human sized Robotic-Leg was made for the Shadow Robot Co. as part of a contract from North Carolina A & T University and my understanding is that it was to be used at North Carolina A & T University in a medical research program which would investigate myoelectric control of powered prosthetic legs. The program was to be overseen by Dr. Gary L. Lebby, a Research Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Leg design and construction by David Buckley - 2005.
This video is the same as above except above it has been rotated to portrait format where most of the camera angles show the leg in its true orientation.
Faulty converion to webm, the above video plays but the time slider doesn't work.
The figure of a Policeman sat on a bed in an iron barred prison cell on the Police Federation's stand at the party Political Conferences 2003 where he was interviewed by MPs.
The skin of the head was silicone, which allowed for realistic facial movements; and the controller, MP3 player and speakers were inside the body, so the figure was self contained needing only a mains power socket.
The figure is of a nineteen fifties Crofter (Scottish farmer) talking about his harsh life and is installed in the Hootananny Celtic Heritage Centre in Inverness.
The skin of the head is silicone which allows for realistic facial movements and long life; and the controller, MP3 player and speakers are inside the body so the figure is self contained needing only a mains power socket.
The Crofter speaks in Gaelic which is translated by a Tour Guide prior to an audio visual presentation.
The figure also has a moving arm with which he gestures at the end when he says 'let the ceilidh begin'.
These two 10th year Celebration videos were taken, on 19th October 2004, at the Waste Watch 10-year-Celebration of their Cycler Robot education program and show the three Cycler robots performing their 'special' song before an invited audience of children from a local school.
The 'triple peformance' which was the real presentation also includes a much shortened version of Cycler's presentation in schools
The Animatronic Head is fully programmable for movements of nod, shake and eyes from side to side.
All the mechanics are contained in the head which uses the standard Gems neck-post attachment which enables it to be fitted to any of the Gems range of bodies.
The moves for the head and eyes are recorded by moving a control knob, repeating for each of the movements and so building up the performance which can last up to four minutes.
The performance can be triggered by infrared sensors etc and can also be set to repeat automatically.