The Rudiments

Alex Taylor, Microsoft Research Cambridge
John Helmes, Xiang Cao,


The Rudiments, conjure up at least two ideas of playfulness. Most obviously, the Rudiments are curios—objects that invite playful kinds of interaction. Rudiment I manoeuvres around magnetic surfaces; a white board or fridge door, for example.

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Three rudiments and three different behaviours.

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Report on the Rudiments and how people living with them in their homes understood them.


Rudiment 1 - Shy, only moves when it cannot detect any movements in its surroundings


Rudiment 2 - Social, mechanically responds to and visually records soundscapes


Rudiment 3 - Recognises faces and responds with movements and colours