24 April 2016
Prof. Frank Georg Zebner

Diplom Theory
Prof. Dr. Martin Gessmann

B01 is an interactive desk light that functions as an interface between the analogue and digital world. The language assistant acts as a personal assistant in the workplace and helps in research, stores voice recordings, scans documents, or acts as a conference telephone. By shifting the centre of gravity, B01 is capable of performing simple, yet expressive gestures, such as nodding, headshaking, showing attention, or resting. These gestures allow intuitive interaction and enhance the acceptance of an object as intelligent and autonomous. The LED array makes expressive animations possible, such as blinking or focusing, which underscore the anthropomorphic character. B01 provides a glimpse into the future, where previously passive objects interact actively and autonomously with their environment through microelectronics and artificial intelligence.