RTS has a long history of inventing and building speculative robotic systems at the fringe of academic research. Today RTS.RESEARCH formulizes these free-form experiments into a design approach for robotics in the public realm. The short list below briefly introduces a few samples from the RTS repository of speculative robots.
For example, Advanced Perception proposed in 1999 expanding interaction design with animal-machine interaction.
The Nature Interpretation Center with Second Thoughts described a plant interpretation center based on the observation of plant growth. The stronger the growth (measured by machine vision), the more questions visitors were confronted with.
The Universal Whistling Machine imaged a future in which machines and animals all speak the same language.
The two pink robots Amy and Klara reminded us that humanoid robots will probably be no more graceful than real people.
The synthetic bad accents from the Make Language Project countered the normative tendency of synthetic speech generation systems.
The Glass Bottom Float designed a robot to find out if it is a good day to go swimming.