The future of robotics will be about how it emerges in our everyday life and provides a sustainable interest. We want to rethink the role of robots from servants doing our bidding, or animal imitations that comes far from our expectations – to more realistic visions where robots will be able to amaze us.
GlowBots are small round robots that displays visually appealing shapes on a color-intense hypnotizing display. Interacting with the robot encourages it to seek out and communicate its shape to other robots. Through their rich interaction a flora of shapes emerges that entices interest and engagement in an open ended fashion for joy and entertainment. The GlowBots project was part of the European Union project ECAgents within the sixth framework.