2.0 was designed as a flexible platform to build complex and evolving interactions. Both the hardware and software were engineered to allow for flexibility and adaptability.
The ALAVs have predefined behaviors that can be modified. There are 54 parameters defining the characteristics of the behaviors. The parameters can be altered for either the entire group or a particular ALAV. This allows for a greater range of emotions and perceptions in the entire system.
The IVR dialogue was also structured to allow for evolving conversations between blimps and participants. This provides a fluid means of shifting the dialogue/context of conversations.
The hardware and carriage system were refined to allow for an efficient means of mass production. Modular components were integrated for easier assembly and flexible configuration. This allows for modifications in external components i.e. sensor technologies. For example in 2.0, a digital compass and ultra-sonic range finder were included to refine the navigation.
This new design brings them a step closer to being suitable for DIY, kit-based construction.
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