kirsty boyle :: robotics artist

mon toutou


mon toutou I have been developing a simple prototype robot during my residency at the AI Lab, University of Zurich, inspired by origami and made out of paper. My design is influenced by the research project ‘From Locomotion to Cognition: “Cheap” Rapid Legged Locomotion’ which focuses on a minimalistic model of rapid locomotion of quadruped robots motivated by biomechanics studies.

The project explores Morphofunctional Machines – which in short, are systems that are capable of adapting to their environment through properties of their embodiment. This particularly interests me in terms of utilising natural materials (for example wood, paper) in the construction of robots.

Presently the prototype is able to walk autonomously with just one actuator (motor).