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Brief Published: 27 Jan 2012

Olly & Molly: Web-Connected Robots


Foundry – a research team based at London software designers Mint Digital – has designed two web-connected robots that dispense scents or sweets based on social media activity. 

Olly, the team’s first scent-based robot, links up to web-based social applications such as Facebook and Twitter, turning e-mails, re-tweets, instant messages and other notifications into a smell. Fragrances are stored in the module’s removable tray, and are emitted via a small interior fan when a notification is received. The user can choose which scent is emitted. And as Olly is stackable, they can assign different fragrances to different alerts.

Molly, the latest addition to the Ollyfactory of web-connected robots, operates in a similar manner, but turns re-tweets into sweets. Molly can be set to count a certain number of re-tweets before dispensing a sweet.

Both robots are currently projects seeking support through crowdsourced online funding platform Kickstarter. Higher pledges also offer investors the chance to customise their Olly and Molly designs.