Ken Goldberg and
USC's Mercury Project
combined robotics and archaeology in an interactive art installation.
To our knowledge, the Mercury Project was the first system that
allowed WWW users to remotely view and alter the real world via
tele-robotics. Users excavated artifacts buried in a sand-filled
terrarium in our laboratory in Los Angeles. All buried artifacts were
derived from an unnamed 19th Century text which provided a
meta-commentary on science and the Internet. Users were challenged to
collectively identify this text by describing their findings and
hypotheses in an ongoing Operator's Log.
Project team: Steven Gentner, Nick Rothenberg,
Carl Sutter, Jeff Wiegley
The Mercury Project was online for 7 months (1 Sep 1994 - 31 March 1995)
and received over 2.5 Million hits.
Thanks to everyone who participated. A new
tele-robotic installation is reachable below.
EXPLANATION OF THE BURIED ARTIFACTS
QUICK-TIME MOVIE CLIP(400K)
A NEW TELE-ROBOTIC INSTALLATION
(Announced 12 June, 1995:
NII Award Finalist in Arts and Entertainment.)