Food for thought: what if devices are not only intelligent, but also develop a personality? In this iPhone app you discover the unexpected characteristics of a robot vacuum cleaner.
What if a device is smart enough to notice that it’s doing dumb work? This is what happens with Dustin, who is supposed to the smartest vacuum cleaner, but isn’t necessarily the best. As you get to know him through the chat window on your iPhone, a curious dialogue naturally develops with this robot who proves to have more personality than you might expect from a household gadget. The free app consists of five chapters in which you not only communicate with the quirky Dustin, but also attempt to put him to work in your own home via augmented reality. This humorous app offering food for thought is a collaboration between VPRO Medialab and writer Niels 't Hooft.

Credits

Concept Developer
Production Design
Interface & Interaction Design
Technical realisation
Executive producer
Sound Design

Title: Dustin
Year: 2020
Duration : 20 minutes
Category: Digital culture project
Theme: Interactive, Technology & Science
Edition: NFF 2021