Tickle is a small robot that walks on the human body to generate a pleasant, tickling sensation.It has two motors and rubber feet for a good grip on the skin. When it encounters a slope that is too steep, it will steer until a safe level is found, and it will continue its way. Tickle has been awarded with a first prize in 1999 at LIFE 2.0, an international competition on Art & Artificial Life. In the current version the technology has been renewed, to improve its movement behavior. Created by Erwin Driessens & Maria Verstappen and currently on display at the Bios4 exhibition in Spain.
Tickle Massage Robot
What is your view on the coronavirus?
Siri Beerends: I really embrace the idea that viruses can teach us a lesson in modesty. It is necessary that our position as the dominant species on the planet is being challenged. I also agree that it is a mistake to think that we are becoming Gods. But unfortunately, this is actually what is happening now. Corona doesn’t teach us to be modest, it teaches us how we can -as quickly as possible- go back to business as usual: saving our capitalistic economy.Comment