Ollie is a blimp-based autonomous and ambient robot that dwells in human habitats. Ollie is equipped to demonstrate humor and patterns of delicate emotions. Ollie is observant, often flying in a manner suggesting curiosity for the world around him. Ollie reacts to voices by excitedly flapping his wings, communicating his friendliness and eagerness to be noticed. Ollie is often socially awkward and unobtrusive. Ollie wants to know about humans and yearns for their attention. Ollie is a performer.
Robotics increasingly pervade our everyday lives. Machine-human interaction has the potential to be both poetic and ubiquitous. Ollie, the autonomous robotic blimp, is a demonstration of the creative capabilities of robots as inhabitants of our society, breaking the stereotype of the servile robot. The technology behind Ollie is open source and available to artists, Do-it-yourself enthusiasts and students under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License to further encourage creative computing and collaboration.
Ollie is developed by Pritika Nilaratna.
Pritika Nilaratna is a creative technologist and interaction designer based in New York City. She graduated with BFA in Design & Technology at Parsons The New School for Design. Nilaratna’s work as a designer is motivated by humor, critique and social intervention in and through technology. She enjoys web and mobile user experience, interactive design installations and glistening, brilliant blue jewels.