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We profiled Natalie Jeremijenko in MAKE 02 (toxic sensing robot dogs) – and here’s some of her latest work, amazing animations showing the variety of the lady bug “200 individual labybugs selected from a population of approximately four thousand, become the frames in an animation. The ladybug images are scaled, color corrected and ordered by similarity — with computational algorithms that are used in face recognition software — to animate the pattern on their backs. Although idiomatic individuals are usually used to represent a species (e.g. Adoburn Guide), seeing the range and diversity within the category has historically been underrepresented. “ – [via] Link.

Related:
Ooz and Oz. Hacking robot toys is all in a day’s work for Natalie Jeremijenko. Dale Dougherty trails the UCSD professor for a day of fun at the races, transforming toy robotic dogs into environmental avengers. MAKE 02 – Page 22.