Robot Garden’s first ‘roboticist in residence’ is Alexander Reben, artist, engineer and human interaction designer. Alex came to our first Robot Garden open evening and gave a presentation on Boxie ‘the needy robot’. Boxie was initially created for his Masters thesis at MIT Media Lab but is evolving into a film making robot, or robots, with some exciting things planned for 2013. Although Alex is still based on the East Coast, he’s hanging out with us whenever possible and we’re helping build Boxies. Stay tuned!
Alexander Reben is an engineer by day and an artist by night. He has a background in robotics, interaction and tangible design. When not working on robots and novel interfaces, Alex creates and builds kinetic, robotic and interactive art. Work Alex has done has been shown at Ars Electronica, IDFA, EYEBEAM, The Whitney Biennial, and others. He has worked on robots for NASA, DOE and MIT. Alex’s investigations into art and science have been published in major proceedings and books. His work has been featured in news outlets such as New Scientist, Fast Company, BBC, CBC, Hack a Day and others, and he has spoken at well known venues including TED and several universities.
“When not working on robots and novel interfaces, roboticist Alexander Reben builds kinetic and interactive art which investigates the relationship and boundaries between people and machines.” [Ted2013 Talent Search]