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Der Exot is the resurrection of a project monochrom started as early as 1997: a mobile robot with a mounted camera that can be controlled via web interface. But that’s tricky. If too many people try to control the robot at the same time it is counter-productive. Der Exot would behave schizophrenically. It would move without plan, and wander aimlessly. Der Exot is the anti-crowd source robot. The users have to discuss and cooperate via a chat interface to communicate where they want to go, what corners they want to explore, what to crush.

(The robot was featured in the Robotville Festival at London’s Science Museum, but I’m not sure whether it’s still up and running.)

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal



  1. I switched it on. You can now move Der Exot through the monochrom headquarters in Museumsquartier, Vienna, Austria.

  2. Does anyone have any information on how to set up a web-based video/control interface similar to the Der Exot site? I’m not looking to make it controlled by multiple users, just the ability for one user to log on and control a robot that eventually can weed a garden remotely: