is the homepage of Moodles, a humanoid LEGO robot capable of displaying
several different emotional expressions.
Take the emotion sensor in your hand, and Moodles will mimic your true mood!
- Or it might tell you what kind of bureaucrat you are!
I built and programmed it in November 2008 for a movie production: It appears in the movie Raspberry Magic - click here to watch the trailer. See a behind-the-scenes gallery here; there's also a sort of diary from my movie making experience (in Danish).Click here to watch a scene from the movie (courtesy Raspberry Magic LCC). This is a photo from behind the camera taken during the same scene as I'm hiding behind a table on the floor while controlling the robot:
I modified and reprogrammed it to act as "greeter" for the museum guests for the exhibition Enter Action - Digital Art Now on display in the spring of 2009 in ARoS, one of the Denmark's major art museums. Find a small report and some images from the exhibition here.
In 2010/2011, Moodles was on display at an exhibition at the Danish museum Økolariet.
In 2011, Moodles acted as eye-catcher in our booth at the "HI-messe" in Herning.
In 2012, Moodles was featured in a robot exhibition at Experimentariet:
Also in 2012, Moodles was featured in a robot exhibition at Industrimuseet
Moodles (pronounced so that it rhymes with "oodles") was built
specifically for the movie Raspberry Magic. Or, rather, its head
was. Its body has had several different heads. In its first version,
the robot (then called Elektra) appeared at the Robot Soccer World Cup
held in Paris, France in 1998 in connection with the real, human World
Cup. In 1999-2000, with a new and more sophisticated head, it was used in a computer science/psychology research project under the name of Feelix which resulted in several scientific papers.
See a bunch of images and video clips here - now with clips and stills from Raspberry Magic! Or have a look at the scrapbook of press coverage of Moodles. Here is a small gallery of images from the building process.
Click here to get to my other robot pages.
The participation of Moodles in the film Raspberry Magic was
realized as a joint project between Raspberry Magic LLC,
Alexandra Instituttet A/S and the Computer Science
Department, Aarhus University, Denmark