Manifold

A robotic rabbit used to explore the psychological phenomenon of Mirroring as an instinctual, initiating interaction between robots and humans.

Manifold uses machine vision to track the head tilt of a viewer and a three degree-of-freedom neck mechanism mirrors the viewers head movement.

Paper is a fantastic rapid prototyping material. Many iterations can be designed, fabricated and assembled in a day.
Paper treated with resin can rapidly produce a robust enclosure.
An early prototype of the three degree-of-freedom mechanism, which was too large and had to be miniaturised.
Close-up of the final head.
Manifold during painting: Including the final, smaller, neck mechanism/