As part of the basic physical computing course, we learned basic principles of electricity and circuitry as well as the underlying principles of the environment.

Our group focused on building a setup that would try to achieve a goal in a way that expresses a “certain character.” Our first experiment was a robot that recognises when something was blocking its light sensor and would try to clean it. When unsuccessful the robot would start to clean faster and faster expressing its frustration. Eventually it would give up.

This intense struggle for something seemingly pointless became the theme of the final exploration, the ANTI HYGGE MONSTER. Equipped with a temperature sensor and a motor powered propeller, the ANTI HYGGE MONSTER detects if the candle in front of it is lit. It proceeds to vigorously spin its tongue propeller to blow out the candle, preventing any HYGGE or cozy atmosphere from happening.