For the World Expo in Shanghai and Rurh 2010 in Essen I developed a way to visit a scale model exhibition without buying a flight ticket. Small robots, connected via the Internet, where used to explore the exhibition area and become the third eye of the visitor.
The exhibition consisted of 100+ scale models made by teenagers. Visitor could steer the robot trough the street and check out more information (made possible with RFID chips).
For my master thesis I made a contextual research, including user test with robots, interviewing military people controlling drones and more. The goal of the research was to find out what were the pitfalls while steering drones and how steering drones could be fun.
With these rich user insights I developed the interactions visitors would have with the robots. The design proposal included the interface, steering system, information exchange, social media connection, way finding and waiting lines.
Together with a programmer I build a working prototype. This prototype was tested, adjusted and finally used for the expos in Shanghai (China) and Essen (Germany).