Fans of robotics and the arts will be intrigued by this installation by Hye Yeon Nam. Titled ‘Please Smile,’ it is comprised of five robotic skeletal arms that gesture simultaneously based on its viewers’ actions. Cameras and computers monitor those who walk by the strange contraption and interact with audiences accordingly in manners that are scary, endearing, effeminate and other quirky adjectives. It’s as much a technological marvel as it is an engaging work of art.
Hye Yeon Nam explains that there are three poses in total: the default pose, which has the hand’s wrist bent and resting daintily, the pointing pose, which activates when people are walking in front of the robot hands, and a wave gesture that initiates when people’s pearly whites are showing.