ProjectRobot DialoguesClientFuturium Berlin

How we created an interactive data-informed conversation about the future of work – with a robot


The Challenge

An interactive experience with an industrial robot for a permanent exhibition in the Futurium – The House of the Future, Berlin.


The Result

An engaging data-informed installation in a permanent exhibition that attracted over 100.000 visitors in the first month.

Our Expertise

  • Ideation
  • Interaction Design
  • Engineering
  • Speculative Design


Our Approach

Futurium is a House of Futures. Here, everything revolves around the question: how do we want to live?

Futurium

A future where more and more robots will replace people at work seems inevitable. The public is rarely involved in this controversial topic, lots of questions are left open. The installation “Anyone Still Working Here?” invites visitors of the exhibition at the Futurium to negotiate the details of this undertaking with a prominent representative of the pro-robot movement: An industrial robot arm.

Experience Design

The exhibition space
The exhibition space

A custom-made interactive glass panel serves as communication device between visitors and robot. The robot writes questions and draws user interfaces on the glass panel.

Depending on which drawn button the visitor touches the dialogue starts.
Depending on which drawn button the visitor touches the dialogue starts.

The visitor on the other side can respond via drawn buttons and emojis. Answers are followed by counter-questions – an interactive dialogue about the future of work begins.

The robot communicates its willingness to do monotonous work via a drawing. Percentage values show the preferences of the visitors so far.
The robot communicates its willingness to do monotonous work via a drawing. Percentage values show the preferences of the visitors so far.
Multiple scenes keep the robot busy writing questions and reacting to the answers.
Multiple scenes keep the robot busy writing questions and reacting to the answers.
All kinds of pictograms were produced to give the robot expression in its drawings.
All kinds of pictograms were produced to give the robot expression in its drawings.

Once a dialog completes the robot reacts with a drawing communicating its attitude. After this statement, it switches tools, from pen to sponge to clean the window for the next visitor. We equipped the robot with a custom tool head, featuring a self refilling pen and a felt sponge.

“Robot Dialogues” is commissioned by Futurium, a House of Futures and part of the permanent exhibition.

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