Dancer-in-a-Box is a project to create a self-propelled cardboard box without an external drive system such as a wheel or propeller. Since the dawn of time, humans have used a box as a static object to store and transport everyday things easily. Therefore, we began to seek a new usage of the box as an active object. Based on this concept, we developed a self-rolling robotic cube which can be installed in a cardboard box. Also, this research created several applications using our robotic cube for entertainment purposes.
This research is supported by the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore under its International Research Centre @ Singapore Funding Initiative and administered by the Interactive & Digital Media Programme Office. The author also expresses his gratitude to Project to Support the Nurturing of Media Arts Creators Japan and Foundation for Fusion of Science and Technology Japan.
This video contains the sound effect created by NHK.
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