Meditate NY｜RAT RACE
An interactive meditation-powered robot race
YOU CONTROL YOUR ROBOT WITH YOUR MIND,
THE CALMER YOU ARE,
THE FASTER YOUR ROBOT
Tools: A small robot (ozobot), Neurosky headset (mindwave), mobile phone, Beam Projector,
Arduino with servo motor (to touch the phone), Processing, MadMapper
Embracing the irony between meditation and that of a rat race, which is New York, I created an interactive meditation-powered robot race for New Yorkers (particularly NYU Students). The first objective was to show the analogy between peace of mind and winning a race; the utility of mindfulness in modern day society. In demonstrating the importance of having peace of mind, I hope that mindfulness produces more empathetic people who will contribute to creating a more considerate community.
The prototype was finished and shown at the 2016 NYU ITP Winter showcase and created in collaboration with fellow ITP colleague, Mithru Vigneshwara.