watch interview with violet blue (youtube).

WERP_BOT is a cosy servant for eccentric smokers and is a 'must' for artsy-bars who wish to offer a delicious service for an aesthetic LIGHT UP. The robot is simply triggered by saying "TSCHIK" (which means cigarette or "ciggie" in Austrian slang). It leaves its idle state and metaphorically lends a sympathetic ear by detecting demanding smokers' mouths via cam motion tracking. A few computational seconds later, an audio-signal indicates that starving smokers should pay a bit more attention, as the robot is preparing to launch the cigarette in its special designed "katapult-like-apparatus". The participant's distance and position are measured by the machine. According to its calculations the cigarette is fired directly into the smoker's mouth. As the cigarette experiences an elegant 180 degree flip, every smoker will be surprised by WERP_BOT's precise targeting system. No matter what happens, the overwhelming excitement of the moment leaves the smoker relieved and satisfied, his/her coolness factor visibly augmented.

WERP_BOT is in action at Ars Electronica 2010 in Linz.

WERP_BOT is a permanent installation in WORM's smoking lounge in Rotterdam.

WERP_BOT took part at Roboexotica in Vienna.

WERP_BOT has been developed by Leo Peschta and Gordan Savicic (ZZZ) 2006-2010.

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