This Robot Takes Selfies and Gets Moody, Just Like Us

Deltu the robot is just like us: It takes selfies, plays iPad games, and even gets a little moody. Deltu is an interactive delta robot, or parallel robot consisting of three legs connected via universal joints to the base. Delta robots are often used in factory settings to pick and pack objects.

By Madison Margolin | MOTHERBOARD

Deltu was designed by interactive designer Alexia Léchot, who graduated from ECAL, a French university of art and design. She says she’s interested in the relationship between robots and humans—and Deltu speaks to that.

The robot can tend to have a mind of its own. Deltu interacts with people by playing on an iPad. With two iPads, one for Deltu and one for the human, the robot challenges people to games, but gets upset if you don’t mimic it precisely. If the robot gets upset, it might try to change its mind. Though while mentally independent, the robot still wants human company.

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