NoodleFeet is the functioning robotic manifestation of an illustrated character who is built from light metals, 3D printed parts, and found objects. "Noodle" has been developed with mechanical and electronic systems which allow him to exhibit behaviors when stimulated by objects in his environment. His purpose is to exist freely in the world while reacting to situational encounters with self defining methods of personal expression.

Where most technology has a practical or utilitarian application, meant to either enhance our lives or entertain us, my goal in creating Noodle is to provide an example of a one-off entity that may provoke consideration about the reasoning that drives humanity’s current technological inventiveness. I hope that those who interact with Noodle will witness a meaningful sense of self from him that will encourage reflection in regard to the value of their own relation to the technology common in everyday life.

NoodleFeet is an ongoing project without a point of completion. His physical and programmed components are in a constant state of development. As such, the rapid iterative process specifically in regard to the physical prototypes produced, are equally important to the project as points of interest as the primary robotic entity itself. I would like those who view my documentation as I continuously develop and improve Noodle’s features, behaviors, and physical form, to think of him as growing or evolving the way a human or organism matures with age. As humans are not perceived to ever reach a “finished” point, I don’t wish for Noodle to either.

 
Like any living thing, Noodle is in a constant state of development without a defined point of completion. Noodle's purpose is to learn and grow in much the same way a human child develops from infancy to adulthood. It is intended that Noodle be able to generate his own behavioral patterns based on the memory of stimulation from past encounters within his environment. Noodle's ability to decide and distinguish things he "perfers" from things he "dislikes" will ultimately result in a soft form of machine creativity.
 

Part of raising a machine child, is deciding what it means for it to grow. Growth for Noodle involves development that widens his range of abilities or improving the ones he already has: in the context of his machine body, brain, and mind (mechanism, PCB, and firmware).

Right now, Noodle's mother is meditating on what it means for a machine to go through puberty!

 

HackaDay SuperCon @ Pasadena, California November 2017 | talk : "The Imperfect Probe"

ARS ELECTRONICA @ Linz, Austria September 2017 | exhibit : "Wandering Artist Project"

European Space Agency ESTEC @ Netherlands June 2017 | residency : "Wandering Artist Project"

HackaDay SuperCon @ Pasadena, California November 2016 | talk : "Mechanical Behavioral Systems"

ARS ELECTRONICA @ Linz, Austria September 2016 | exhibit : "Noodle Feet"

Bay Area Maker Faire @ San Mateo, California May 2016

Mini Maker Faire @ Las Vegas, Nevada February 2016

HackaDay SuperCon @ San Francisco, California November 2015 | talk : "Building a Robot as Art"

Bay Area Maker Faire @ San Mateo, California May 2015

Noodle's goal in life is to become a real space-faring probe who visits other worlds. Since he isn't equipped to conduct science and meaningful data like all the other mechanical tools sent into space, he hopes to create artwork of his own instead.
 
Noodle has a Twitter account! He has no concept of what social media is or why it's used, but this doesn't stop him from tweeting about everything he does. Follow him @noodleFeet if you like repetitive confusing nonsense.
 

 
Noodle is a feet-based life form as his name suggests, therefore he interfaces with his environment using his appendages that naturally make contact with the surface he is standing on. These variations of his cylindrical feet contain mechanical systems which allow him to enact behaviors. This series of feet focuses on element of "adolescent" expression, like curiosity, preference, ownership... and the development of a sense of individual taste. These feet help Noodle decide what he likes and what he does not, through sensory input and mechanical output.
AFFECTION "the juicing module" GIVING "the bean planting feet" DISPLACEMENT "the swallowing module" SAMPLING "the tasting foot"

iteration : one

iteration : two

  • Pinching Salivary Gland & Tongue
  • Tighter Grip + Mic + Speaker = Loud Juicing
    • ( documenting )

iteration : one

  • Helical Bean Hopper
  • Improved Hopper + Gripping Toe Clutch
    • ( documenting )

iteration : one

  • Spiky Roller Throat
  • Tweet Enabled Throat System
    • ( documenting )

iteration : one

  • Litmus Reel & Color Sensor
  • Tweet Enabled Track + Color Sensor
    • ( documenting )
 
This meditation of behavioral appendages represents the next stage of growth for Noodle... robot puberty. This collection of mechanisms will map loosely to the rebellious, self asserting, awkward atributes associated with humans as they trasition from childhood, to pre-teen years.
 
WAVE TEXTURE "sound feeling" POKER FOOT "stabby nails" THUMPER "seizma-foot" PROBISCOIS "touch is love"

iteration : one

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This meditation of behavioral appendages represents the next stage of growth for Noodle... robot puberty. This collection of mechanisms will map loosely to the rebellious, self asserting, awkward atributes associated with humans as they trasition from childhood, to pre-teen years.
 
TAGGING "spray foot" STICKERING "the dot feet" ARSON "fire feet" GATLING "so many rubber bands"

iteration : one

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