Soft robotic incarnation

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor Muurimäki, Mia Peled, Avner 2019-12-08T16:01:33Z 2019-12-08T16:01:33Z 2019
dc.description.abstract This thesis is a postphenomenological interrogation into the use of soft robots as mediating bodies between humans, attempting to unfetishizeheir imaginative figure of the stranger through an event I call incarnation. Based on my own encounters with Palestinians for conflict resolution and through readings of phenomenological and sociological studies, I determine the importance of the physical body, its fleshiness, nonlinearity and organic qualities for the constitution of intercorporeality - a meaningful and transformative dialog. I investigate the potential of non-human robotic avatars to achieve intercorpreality and liberate the interlocutors from prejudice and identity constraints, proposing the use of soft robots as a medium of re-embodiment that could facilitate massive scale physical incarnations and create physical encounters between people who are unable to otherwise meet in person. As a proof-of-concept, a novel method for the production of soft robotic avatars is introduced, capable of bodily haptics, language translation, and animalistic emotional expression. The avatar is operated using a web-based software platform that enables easy development of third party applications. Using this method, HITODAMA, a first prototype for a soft robotic avatar, is produced. I perform an initial evaluation of the robot in an encounter between people of different cultures, using an example app in which they get to know one another using pictures. I analyze the results by conducting interviews with the participants, following the principles of interpretative phenomenological analysis. en
dc.format.extent 147
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Soft robotic incarnation en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu fi School of Arts, Design and Architecture en
dc.contributor.department Department of Media en
dc.contributor.department Median laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword soft robotics en
dc.subject.keyword phenomenology en
dc.subject.keyword postphenomenology en
dc.subject.keyword conflict resolution en
dc.subject.keyword intercorporeality en
dc.subject.keyword embodiment en
dc.subject.keyword materiality en
dc.subject.keyword computer-human interaction en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201912086367
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Reunanen, Markku
dc.programme New Media Design and Production en

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