Cute Overload: Double-Taker (Snout) Project

I just discovered my old professor Golan Levin had a new project this year, nicknamed Snout.

The project consists of an eight-foot (2.5m) long industrial robot arm, costumed to resemble an enormous inchworm or elephant’s trunk, which responds in unexpected ways to the presence and movements of people in its vicinity.

The result is something supercute (the schoolchildren waving to it doesn’t hurt this effect either). What’s great is that although it is indeed a giant robot arm, the reactions are so cartoon-like and exaggeratedly human, the emotional feeling is something else entirely.