Inventor and designer Madeline Gannon developed a gesture-based robot communication software as an artist-in-residence at Pier 9 in San Francisco. She’s now developed something (someone?) new as the next step in her exploration of robot/human communications and companionship: Mimus.

Mimus is a giant industrial robot that’s curious about the world around her. Mimus sees the world differently than us – she uses sensors embedded in the ceiling above to see everyone around her simultaneously. Mimus can react and move quickly around her space to follow your actions and try to decipher your body language.

Madeline Gannon, who created Mimus, believes that the robots of the future shouldn’t replace us, but rather augment our own abilities and be designed with a focus on human interaction. Her goal in this exhibit is that the behavior and design are intuitive in a way that people who have never even seen a robot before will be able to immediately understand how to interact with Mimus.

You, too, can interact with Mimus at The Design Museum in London until April 23, 2017. The multidisciplinary exhibit, titled Fear and Love, explores subjects that provoke human anxieties and passions, including robots and automation.

Read more about Mimus at AtonAton.com and/or watch this video next: Madeline the Robot Tamer.

via Autodesk Labs.

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