Inkha, reactive robotic head and associated parts

Made:
2003 in London

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Inkha, a reactive robotic head that tracks movement, speaks, and interacts with people in a lifelike way. Built by Matthew Walker c 2003. Includes a metal carrying case and a spare parts.

With a cocky tilt of its head and fluttering eyelashes, this sassy robotic receptionist greeted visitors to King’s College London. From 2003 until 2015, Inkha dispensed directions, information and attitude. Humans often express how they feel through facial expressions and body language. This helps others know how to interact with us. Although it may seem bored, scared or tired, Inkha does not feel emotions. Building robots that can express their needs in the same way people do makes them easy and fun to use.

Details

Category:
Human Robotics
Object Number:
2016-337
type:
robot
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
credit:
Matthew Walker and Peter S Longyear