Radish is a desktop robot pet with a glowing LED health bar. As time passes, Radish’s life slowly depletes. By touching Radish’s head, his health will regenerate. If Radish is not pet, and his health depletes completely, he will unplug himself to end his life.
Emily Bommarito is a 4D designer from Dearborn, Michigan working in the realm of human-centered interaction. Originally trained in Product Design focused on Ceramics at Wayne State University. Her processes rely on behavioral research, mould-making, and applied technologies. Emily’s interest in sustainability and nurture plays a key role in creating art, and exploring how to initiate the solicitude of self, others, and robotic beings to create a more empathetic world. Michigan’s connection to the Great Lakes and rich industrial history has influenced Emily’s thinking around art-making and production. Her work at Cranbrook often responds to an imagined future through the creation of interactive and artificial beings. Emily’s dog, Stella the puggle, is her number one supporter in the studio.