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ROBOTIC POLLUTION-SNIFFING ECO DOGS!
Posted By Jill Fehrenbacher On February 26, 2007 @ 5:43 am In Modern Kids,Modern Pets,social responsibility | 8 Comments
Remember those trendy robotic dog toys from a couple years back? Aibo and Poo-chi and the like? Well, sadly, after 6-year-olds tire of the novelty of electronic pets who can fetch balls, bark the national anthem and do silly little dances, there is not much left in the life of a toy robotic dog. Thats why we love Natalie Jeremijenko’s  awesome eco / educational / engineering / art project  which teaches students how to refurbish old toy robotic dogs and give them new life – turning them into lean green pollution-sniffing machines.
I first heard about this project through the Cooper-Hewitt’s Design Triennial Exhibition  (which is still up – go check it up before it ends in July). Imagine my surprise when reading about the Feral Dogs project I saw a giant photograph of Inhabitat’s own tech-guru Jeff Warren hanging on the wall of the Cooper-Hewitt. I’m not sure why this escaped our attention for so long, but 3 of the Inhabitat’s programmer possee (Vestal Design)  were intimately involved in the beginning of the Feral Robotic Dog project with Natalie Jeremijenko:  Jeff Warren, Diego Rotalde and Mike Lin – proving again that Vestal Design  is the raddest bunch of eco-design-engineers on the planet.
In this video  a student from the UCSD electronics department hacks a robot dog to sense pollution on the San Diego campus. The video is adorable – watch to see the dog bark at a dry-erase board marker!
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/robbiedoggie.jpg
 Natalie Jeremijenko’s: http://xdesign.ucsd.edu/
 eco / educational / engineering / art project: http://xdesign.ucsd.edu/feralrobots/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/robbiedoggy1.jpg
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/robodoggy2.jpg
 Triennial Exhibition: http://inhabitat.com/2007/01/08/design-life-now-national-design-triennial/
 Inhabitat’s programmer possee (Vestal Design): http://www.vestaldesign.com/design/feral-robotic-dogs/
 Natalie Jeremijenko:: http://www.peoplesdesignaward.org/designlifenow/designers/natalie-jeremijenko
 In this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjkHFKNUWbQ
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