Ralph Kistler and Jan Sieber have teamed up and used a Microsoft Kinect motion controller, a handful of servo’s and a cuddly teddy. To create and interactive installation where users can move in front of a teddy and see it mimic their movements, like a wireless puppet.
First a wired frame skeleton was created and fitted with servo’s controller by the Kinect and a micro controller, the skeleton was then carefully inserted inside the cuddly teddy. Watch the video of how the mechanics were created and the final Monkey Business Interactive Installation in action after the jump.
The project has been created to show “the problem of real natural interaction, and to make “an ironic comment about the present art business through this iconic monkey figure.” – “The flexible suspension of the ape together with fast responding motors allows an astonishing quick-witted behavior and a tempting interaction experience for the user.”
For more information on how the Kinect puppet was created visit the Subtours website.