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|Southampton’s cyber rhino comes to life|
|Tuesday, 11 June 2013 07:02|
Students from the University of Southampton have designed a six-foot long cyber rhino as part of Marwell Wildlife’s Go! Rhinos campaign, which will see a spectacular trail of colourful and creative sculptures in the streets and parks of Southampton this summer.
Erica even has a specialist “brain team” who have made it possible for her to learn about her environment and provided her with both short and long-term memory. The short-term memory enables her to react instantly to an action, while the long-term memory recalls accumulated actions so that her mood and behaviour can change throughout the day. The people of Southampton will be able to visit Erica in the Marlands Shopping Centre during the summer months and improve her mood by “feeding” or tweeting her or interacting with their phones.
Dr Kirk Martinez who is leading the team says: “We are really enjoying bringing together lots of cool technology to make our rhino interactive. The team of volunteers building it are specialists in areas like web technology or electronics and are really excited about the project.”
Image above right: Dr Kirk Martinez (front) and students working on Erica
Pics: Russell Sachs