Fluffy Speaks

Jon & Fluffy

Jonathan playing with Fluffy for the first time.

Fluffy Process

The Process of making Fluffy, from wires to public interaction.

Prototype Process https://vimeo.com/148902938

The process of making “Fluffy Speaks”. Starting with the idea from playing with Makey-Makey’s banana piano, I then moved on to playing around with capacitance sensors triggering soundfiles in Maxmsp. From there, it was just a matter of tweaking and refining. I tested different resistances, different amounts of sensors, the type of fur to use, which sounds to use. All the while creating the patch on Maxmsp to work with the sensors the way I wanted. For example, once a sound is triggered, it should play the clip until the end even if the sensor is triggered again. Or how the pressure sensors will reload the sensors with a new set of sounds.

Final Version: Fluffy Speaks  https://vimeo.com/148758744

Interactive robotic creature that plays sounds and music when you stroke it’s fur. The mood changes when you squeeze it just right. Currently, it plays up to 40 different sounds, within 4 different sound moods. The fur has been lined with 10 copper wire circuits, each of which triggers its own sounds.

Concerns and Observations

Observing the public interacting with Fluffy allowed me to note certain commonalities in the way people touched, prodded and reacted to the creature. Men seemed to want to push down, squeeze and generally be firmer with Fluffy than women. Women tended to stroke, pet and wait for reactions from Fluffy. Both men and women seemed to keep their touch located to a small area, closest to the top of the creature, so most of the sensors were not triggered. The height of the object, in this case may not have been high enough to encourage touching it all over. In addition, I set the thresholds for triggering the sounds too high, and as a result about half the sounds were not triggered, because reaching them required a lengthier amount of play time.

Public reaction


Arduino to Maxmsp Serial Communication patcher 02cSerialCommunication.maxpat

C74:/docs/tutorial-patchers/max-tut (within max program)

CapacitanceSensor library by Paul Stoffregen http://playground.arduino.cc/Main/CapacitiveSensor?from=Main.CapSense

Sounds from https://freesound.org/

PARO http://www.parorobots.com/

Romibo http://origamirobotics.com/

Dragonbot http://robotic.media.mit.edu/portfolio/dragonbot/

Ploomi http://beatbots.net/80750/5258449/projects/ploomi