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2019

Robokumbia

Speculative Design

How would technology look like if it were inspired by the Mexican-urban context?

Robokumbia is a speculative and multidisciplinary project that imagines what technology would look like if it were conceived in a Mexican-urban context.

Collaborations:

Tecnológico de Monterrey in collaboration with Studio José de la O

Design team members: 

Mónica Arriaga, Doménica Verduga, Gustavo Pacheco, Victor Romo, Jesús Martínez, Ana Isabel Guerrero, Denisse Salmerón, Marco Ibarra, Montserrat Antuñano, Elba Rodriguez

Mentor: José de la O

How it works

The band consists of four instruments, each one represents an insight into daily life in Mexico City. For example, the Microbús, the most common form of urban transport, the informal urban fairs, the facades of shops in the street, and the altars for the Virgin of Guadalupe that are found in several spots of the city. The instruments work with a MIDI signal programmed from Ableton Live, which sends signals to 8 servo motors to play each note.

How it works

The band consists of four instruments, each one represents an insight into daily life in Mexico City. For example, the Microbús, the most common form of urban transport, the informal urban fairs, the facades of shops in the street, and the altars for the Virgin of Guadalupe that are found in several spots of the city. The instruments work with a MIDI signal programmed from Ableton Live, which sends signals to 8 servo motors to play each note.

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We prototyped... a lot.

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The first version of the robots were more than 1.5 m high.

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