CD: Tatsuya Matsui
D: Tatsuya Matsui
P: POLA (1) / Mariko Taya (2)
Polly is a simply structured robot, consisting of a body that rotates 45° to the right and left, and LED eyes that flash as it does so.
The concept behind it is similarly uncomplicated, and is born out of consideration for simpler designs with smaller parts counts, which is an important issue in the field of product design.
Polly’s avian form has symbolic significance, with the bird—an entity that is autonomous, distributive and cooperative, and that crisscrosses spaces in three dimensions—serving as a representation of network society. By choosing the small bird that comes and goes freely between humans and the surrounding landscape, we are addressing the issue of the boundaries between nature and man-made creations that we face in the 21st century. The sparing design, which emphasizes only the creature’s outline, vividly evokes the chirpiness of little birds.
We believe that future technological advances in various different fields will place less emphasis on the creation of sophisticated monolithic solutions requiring highly complex technology. What will become increasingly crucial instead is the development of single-function technology, distributing functions among component units.
The name Polly was inspired by the word ‘polymer’, meaning a chemical compound made up of smaller molecules, formed with the prefix ‘poly’ meaning ‘many’. We believe that the idea of joining together many small things to create a single network is the future of products, as well as the nature of society itself.
17 Pollys were made to a special design and displayed in 2012 in ‘The Space of Flowers and Birds’ exhibition at the POLA Museum Annex, and the 2013 exhibition ‘Re:Play’, held to commemorate the renewal of Ise Grand Shrine.
Polly is a Flower Robotics original design, developed in 2005.