Robotic duck that defecates photos

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Robotic duck that defecates photos

The ‘Charlie. Camerautomata’ is a new project by Taeyoon Choi , Recipient of the 2008 Commission for Resident Artist at the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in NYC. The ‘Camerautomata’ (‘Camera’+’Automata’) is a ‘Magical Image Digesting Robotic Duck’. Charlie, the duck, is a participatory ‘Image- Technology’ for photographic intervention in public spaces. The project explores the system in which digital images are produced and consumed in urban space as well as information space. Where as the conventional image technology (ex:cameras) isolate people(ex.tourists) from their immediate environment, ‘Camerautomata’ brings strangers together by the act of photographing. The duck digests and defecates the photograph and also posts on his flickr site via WIFI. The duck is a eclectic collage of hacking automatic electronics (digital camera/ portable printer/ motorized decoy/ roomba/ etc) and controlled by a microprocessor, in order for the digital camera to take pictures on its own without human interruption. It is partly inspired by ‘Defecating Duck’ by Jacque de Vaucanson. This website includes postings from Choi and project interns. The project stages various public events from May to July, in New York City. [Thanks, Victoria!]


Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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