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Socially Awkward Blimp Stalks People, Isn't as Creepy as It Sounds

By James Mulroy, PCWorld May 18, 2011 12:22 PM

[Photo: Pritika Nilaratna]Meet Ollie, the DIY autonomous robotic blimp. He (yes, the blimp is apparently a "he") floats on Helium; has flapping wings made of wire, mylar, and servos; and he reacts to his surroundings--often socially awkwardly.
Created by Pritika Nilaratna, a user experience designer and programmer in New York City, Ollie floats around and tries to get attention from people. He is observant and reacts to voices by "excitedly flapping his wings. Ollie is meant to be friendly and eager to be noticed, but also unobtrusive--you could just just push him out of your way if he gets annoying.
In the video of Ollie below, you see that he actually kind of stalks people to get their attention. According to Pritikia "machine-human interaction has the potential to be both poetic and ubiquitous," and Ollie "is a demonstration of the creative capabilities of robots as inhabitants of our society, breaking the stereotype of the servile robot." In other words, Ollie is meant to break the standard that we're so used to. It's definitely funny watching some people's responses to Ollie.



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So how do you get your own? You make it! Ollie is under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License which means that you can copy and modify Ollie's design so long as you give credit to the author (Pritika) and that you only distribute the resulting work under the same kind or similar license.
You can make your very own Ollie with an Arduino board, some servos, a mylar balloon envelope, and some other basic electronics supplies. Pritika posted instructions for Ollie on the main Ollie site and also as an Instructables project. To learn more about Ollie check out the abstract.
[Ollie via Hackaday /
: Pritika Nilaratna (at Vimeo)]
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This design ignores the first law of Japanese robot design. I don't see anyway to fuck it.

Also, there are enough attention whores in this world. Do we really have to build them?


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This design ignores the first law of Japanese robot design. I don't see anyway to fuck it.
this kid has your solution - just substitute it everywhere it says "mylar balloon"




seriously..build it..have her flying around Tyson's Corner mall paddling her arms and shit...bumping into shoppers...


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I'd make an army of them and release them into Tyson's on Black Friday.


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Socially Awkward Blimp Stalks People, Isn't as Creepy as It Sounds

By James Mulroy, PCWorld May 18, 2011 12:22 PM

[Photo: Pritika Nilaratna]Meet Ollie, the DIY autonomous robotic blimp. He (yes, the blimp is apparently a "he") floats on Helium; has flapping wings made of wire, mylar, and servos; and he reacts to his surroundings--often socially awkwardly.
Created by Pritika Nilaratna, a user experience designer and programmer in New York City, Ollie floats around and tries to get attention from people. He is observant and reacts to voices by "excitedly flapping his wings. Ollie is meant to be friendly and eager to be noticed, but also unobtrusive--you could just just push him out of your way if he gets annoying.
In the video of Ollie below, you see that he actually kind of stalks people to get their attention. According to Pritikia "machine-human interaction has the potential to be both poetic and ubiquitous," and Ollie "is a demonstration of the creative capabilities of robots as inhabitants of our society, breaking the stereotype of the servile robot." In other words, Ollie is meant to break the standard that we're so used to. It's definitely funny watching some people's responses to Ollie.



Ollie on Vimeo


So how do you get your own? You make it! Ollie is under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License which means that you can copy and modify Ollie's design so long as you give credit to the author (Pritika) and that you only distribute the resulting work under the same kind or similar license.
You can make your very own Ollie with an Arduino board, some servos, a mylar balloon envelope, and some other basic electronics supplies. Pritika posted instructions for Ollie on the main Ollie site and also as an Instructables project. To learn more about Ollie check out the abstract.
[Ollie via Hackaday / Video: Pritika Nilaratna (at Vimeo)]
James Mulroy is most definitely going to make a socially awkward blimp...make sure to follow him on Twitter and on StumbleUpon to get the latest in microbe , dinosaur , and death ray news .
@ 1:31 she was touchin that shit like she wished it was a dick-n-a-box. "well...it's making me smile hee hee hee"
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