Abhishek Singh graduated from NYU’s ITP program and clearly he discovered a lot about the way forward for computing. Throughout his tenure there he shortly fell in love with hardware startups and, with a little grit and programming work, he created Peeqo, a robot that responds solely in GIFs. That’s proper: this is a robot that replies solely in animated video clips.
God assist us.
“I’ve all the time been fascinated by robots and I constructed this as a part of my thesis at ITP. One of many causes I needed to construct this bot was as a result of I really feel a lot of the dialog on social robotics in the present day facilities round their incapability to precise emotion or to be relatable,” he stated. “I love GIFs as a lot as each different individual they usually’ve grow to be a common language of types on the web and past, able to depicting virtually something from emotion to info. Typically a GIF simply says it higher.”
Like R2-D2’s cheeps and chirps, Peeqo has a restricted human vocabulary however is a surprisingly wealthy communicator. He does commonplace Google/Alexa stuff – loading up Spotify, turning off your lights – however virtually each interplay is adopted by a intelligent GIF. You’ll be able to play music on him and even begin his camera so he can report your existential howl as you understand GIFs at the moment are a type of wealthy communication.
“Peeqo sits on the intersection of three issues I actually love – constructing issues, animated films and GIFs. I undoubtedly drew a lot of inspiration from Disney and Pixar in the course of the design course of to succeed in his last type,” stated Singh.
Singh is the founding father of Svrround, a 360-diploma video startup. He is open sourcing Peeqo and he constructed the robot after integrating the engineering, software, and hardware schooling he acquired in faculty. He calls Peeqo the “love baby of Amazon Echo and a Disney character.”
It’s clear that as we wander additional into the uncanny valley robots like Peeqo will turn out to be commonplace. Whereas I can’t think about Alexa responding with a Whiplash GIF it’s straightforward to think about a world in which your desk robot yells at you to get back to work when it senses you’re again on Reddit. You’ll be able to see the DIY build here and examine him out here. He’s utterly open source so that you’ll be capable of cry concerning the demise of the twenty first century thoughts in the consolation of your personal house after you assemble your personal Peeqo out of grief, horror, and 3D printed plastic.