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  • minho 11:01 pm on May 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply  





    Penbo – The Bossa Nova Penbo Interactive Penguin Robot is loveable interactive penguin that loves you and loves her baby.

    Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Astromech Droid – Bring home the Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Astromech Droid to recreate and relive the magic of the epic, intergalactic saga.



    Future Directions

    + physical and video games

    + controlling by people through internet (http://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-sandiego/Animals/Webcams/Penguin-Cam)

    + making a real robot can stand in south pole and helping penguins

  • minho 7:19 pm on April 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Penguin prototypes 

    In the South Pole, father penguins are the ones who take care of their unhatched eggs instead of the female penguins (female penguins travels away to hunt for their family during this time). Sometimes there are accidents of father penguins drop or lose their eggs. Because of the low temperature of the South Pole, if the father doesn’t rearrange the egg in his stomach the egg will freeze.

    In this case, the father penguin is blind so he needs help to find his lost egg.


    The egg is naive and curious.Because it is almost hatch season, the egg wants to move around. He doesn’t realize he is risking his life and doesn’t know that his father is looking for him.


    We, the audience, are the helpers. However we cannot interfere with nature, so instead of taking physical actions, we can use our voice to communicate with penguin through the device.



    another penguin papercraft penguin_e_a4




    • mkmkmkmk 7:19 pm on April 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      1) The papercaft penguin I use is cute. STT works!
      2) For the penguin casing, I found some papercraft pdfs, but most are needed password to open in photoshop or illustrator. And cutting paper takes time.
      And the STT needs perfect pronunciation.
      3) I already played with serial communication, I could use the previous code as base.

  • minho 5:35 pm on April 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply  


    1) Physical game

    2) Physical game + Video game(Processing)

    R2D2 Voice- Controlled Interactive Droid


    –  Card board casing, light weight,  will not bother motors

    hamster ball runner

    • the rolling egg
  • minho 9:33 pm on January 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Spin light toy 










  • minho 8:23 pm on January 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Minho Kim 

    My background is Digital art.

    As like usual Asian boys(80’~), I remember my favorite toy was VOLTRON.
    and GODMARS

  • minho 9:18 pm on May 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Naughty Bot 

    Why are robots always nice? Even if digital technology has been growing rapidly, the character of robots is always the same. They are created to help people or replace one in dangerous circumstances to spare a life. Because they are always good to people, we don’t think they are alive. We human are hormonal and inconsistent, we rage and curse. Robot’s responses are scripted and consistent, therefore we regard them as computers and lifeless. Then the question of how do we bring them to life? At the comfort of no true confrontation, there grew a new type of harassment, a very easy one, a digital one. ‘Naughty Bot’ could be a case study of digital harassment; can it be useful? Taking an adverse trait of the digital world, lets make it useful. ‘Naughty Bot’ utilizes digital realm to insult people. By its bad behavior, people might feel annoyed and angry towards the robot. Humanizing a robot is not done by a robot mimicking human emotions or physical behaviors. May be a robot will become humane because a person can be irritated and annoyed at the robot. To love or to hate, are all emotions. This emotional association could be the essence of a more humane interaction.



    fianl paper

  • minho 10:26 pm on April 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    bad robot in pc 


  • minho 8:31 pm on April 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Naughty Bot 

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  • minho 8:20 pm on April 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Bad robot – face detecting 

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  • minho 8:18 pm on April 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Protecting bike 

    From last research, I see breaking lock doesn’t take lots of time, so I decide to think about solutions with a bike or inside a bike.

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    • mkmkmkmk 10:43 pm on April 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      -There are space to install at seat tube and head
      -LED idea and electric shocking idea could be made
      -Chain can be the remote controller. Activate when bike get far from chain

  • minho 10:17 pm on March 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    prototype triangle 


  • minho 9:41 pm on March 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    domain mapping 

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  • minho 9:11 pm on March 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    more ideas and prototype 

    There was no possibility to make from my last week ideas. So I rethink 3 ideas possible to make even prototype.

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    • mkmkmkmk 10:09 pm on March 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      The hardest thing is making ideas what I can make prototypes with possible technology and useful.
      The easiest thing is if a idea has a certain role, other parts, visual and implementation come easily.

  • minho 6:32 am on March 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    6 role ideas 

    • scottpeterman 4:23 pm on March 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      LOVE your interchangeable hand idea Minho, and great illustrations!

    • breegeek 12:34 am on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      OMG I want a code translator. Or like, a code you can talk to and ask questions. Like “why the hell can’t I get the circle to draw?!?!?!”

  • minho 6:29 pm on March 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    visualizing temperature 

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    • Yury Gitman 7:45 pm on March 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful visualization.

  • minho 8:32 pm on March 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Dog Bowl Monitor 

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  • minho 5:50 am on February 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Fridge Friends 

    Yeah. Andy has Fridge friend. My friend is Freezer friend. Each has neutral, lonely,  happy and jealous states with two light sensors. Each can check the other one’s door, and express jealous to us. They are very jealous and lonely, so they are not going to stop complaining until we use them.

  • minho 5:30 am on February 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Toy Fair 


    They are doing nothing. Like the name, they are just sleeping. We can see they are breathing, there are little changing on their chest or stomach part. I like this simple idea. Without using complicate and any sensor, it embodies baby animals well. I like these quiet pets, also allergy free.



    The pointer(?) emits ultra-violet light, and the panel seems to absorb the light and keep the light short. I want to  know what the material of the panel is.  I want this material as my wall paper. It reminds me of graffitiresearchlab , but it much cheaper($25).



    I saw similar robots’ videos a lot on Youtube. I was wondering how they programmed the whole performance. It might be take forever, but I asked them. The new kind of motor called as Actuator(?) remember the angle then send it to computer, so we can make a pose with hand and save it.

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