What: A robot that dances like noone is watching.
How: Processing & Arduino
Who: I wrote the code, did the soldering and assembled the cardboard boxes together with duct tape. Also, embarrassed myself by dancing for a week straight in the NY subway, because research.

iancurtis is a dancing robot! He was built as a monthly project for the Creative Computing course at Parsons School of Design, New York, where I did my MA. Although his outer body is made of discarded medicine packages, he is Arduino@heart manipulated with Processing. The sound of the song (any song) enters through a microphone and the Minim library splits it into a couple of frequency ranges, to each of which a certain joint movement corresponds. The confusion in his eyes says it all - he's lost control.

Here's a very crappy phone video. Press play!

He also likes Arcade Fire.