Kinetic art installation: ‘An Accident Waiting to Happen’

‘An Accident Waiting to Happen’ was an art installation created by the Autonomous Systems Lab, and debuted at Kinetica Art Fair 2011. The piece consists of an organic table, on top of which sits a ceramic vase. As observers move closer to the table, the vase comes to life and slides around the table, reacting to the positions of people standing around it. The vase approaches the edge of the table, and hangs on as it teeters over the side, occasionally breaking its ‘spiritual’ bond with the table and crashing to the floor. Continue reading


Heineken Robot

Heineken Robot is an autonomous robotic bartender developed by ASL. The robot was developed from a ‘fun’ installation created for Kinetica Art Fair 2010. The project brief was to build, to a tight budget, a robot that could serve a cup of beer from an off-the-shelf mini beer keg. Continue reading

Braunprize 2009

An entry into the BraunPrize 2009 International Design Competition, “Enutrio” (from the Latin word for “nurture”) is the soft, friendly kitchen appliance that everyone wants to keep happy. Recognising routines in people’s lifestyles, the kettle reacts to how and when it is being used. Enutrio has an ambient glow that changes colour depending on its ‘mood’. Using all of the water that has been boiled, being economical with time and energy, makes Enutrio happy, glowing a soft yellow or white. Boiling more water than is used, however, makes it sad or in extreme cases, angry. It will begin to glow red, with increasing intensity, eventually lighting up the room. When someone approaches Enutrio close to teatime, it begins to throb orange in a manner resembling the pattern of a human heartbeat. The closer it gets to teatime, the faster this ‘heartbeat’ becomes, enticing potential users to engage in making their favourite hot drink. Continue reading