The television series Small Wonder gave us a brief preview of
family life with an Android Domestic Aide, or ADA, in the form of a little
The pictures here, all made with Curious Labs Poser 4 and other software,
are intended to depict ADAs performing household tasks and providing
companionship to various families. The ADAs in this brochure are diverse
in outward appearance; they will later reveal the electronic and
mechanical components hidden beneath their skins. For the time being, read
Nuts and Bolts of Vicki and an article
from Wired magazine. Note: This brochure is intended to use
“nude” in its plain sense of an unclothed human, not in the
computer jargon sense of a computer shipped without an operating system.
More pictures are coming soon! It is hoped that an ADA can be shown playing
a piecepack game with one or more
nursing home residents. Piecepack tiles are derived from playing cards but
closer to the thickness of dominoes and therefore easier for arthritic hands
to grasp. I have found a coin
prop that does not grossly distort my simple textures. My problem is
in finding a square board-game tile with rounded corners, for use in piecepack games
that require sliding of tiles, as square corners may be too sharp. I made
such a tile in Wings3D, but my rounding of corners is imperfect.
©2002–present James H. Vipond
As to Small Wonder: TM & ©1985–present Fox Television.