These two robots totally love each other. Occasionally, they can't stand each other. Sound familiar? And, just like humans, the sociable pair reacts to others around them. Meet Emily and Vincent, the robotic brainchildren of German artists.
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Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler and Carolin Liebl worked together on the project, which became an installation simply called "Vincent & Emily." The two media artists first created the robots last year. Each spindly robot is mounted on a box and contains motors, gears and sensors that allow it to move around at human-height. Their "heads" regard each other with various expressions.
A Vimeo video shows the pair interacting with each other, and with human visitors at an exhibition last year. According to Schmid-Pfähler and Liebl, the robots communicate through loudspeakers and motors. Apparently "disagreement is preprogrammed" as well. That means that if Vincent sends positive signals to Emily by moving up and down, she might interpret them as negative and move away.