Big Clapper Robot: Smart Tomato Robot
Big Clapper (which we spotted via IEEE Spectrum) started its life as an art project by Japanese designer Masato Takahashi, who first built a single pair of clapping hands, then two, and then a whole wall. Earlier prototypes used more lifelike hands, which were, in Takahashi’s own words, “completely disgusting.” After showing off some prototype Big Clappers at CES this year (to rapturous applause no doubt), Takahashi has turned to Kickstarter to raise funds for a larger production run. Each Big Clapper has a motion sensor to detect nearby gawkers and a number of different operation modes. You can get it to clap basic rhythms, clap on demand, clap along with music, or program it to say whatever you like using an accompanying app. The robot’s eyes are also designed in a way that makes it seem like it’s always looking at you. This makes Big Clapper look, frankly, a little terrifying.
- Country: Japan
- Company: Masatu Takahashi