Neuro Kid 'MIC'
An interactive installation (1995) by Naoko Tosa which reacts to the emotions and voice intonations of the visitors.
This installation is an independently 'operating' computer with automatized facial expressions and gestures, reacting to the emotions and intonations of the visitor's voice. MIC recognizes the following emotions from intonations in the human voice. An arrow (--->) indicates how to make intonations. The physical form of intonations is called prosody.
a. Joy (happiness, satisfaction, enjoyment, comfort, smile)
---> exciting, vigorous, voice rises at the end of a sentence
b. Anger (rage, resentment, displeasure) ---> voice falls at the end of a sentence
c. Surprise (astonishment, shock, confusion, amazement, unexpected) ---> screaming, excited voice
d. Sadness (sadness, tearful, sorrow, loneliness, emptiness) ---> weak, faint, empty voice
e. Disgust ---> sullen, aversive, repulsive voice
f. Teasing ---> light, insincere voice
g. Fear ---> frightened, sharp, shrill voice People use a microphone when communicating with MIC.
For example, if one whistles, MIC's feeling will be positive and he responds with excitement. If the speaker's voice is low and strong , MIC's feeling will be bad and he gets angry.