The “Tardigotchi” is an artwork featuring a living organism (tardigrade) and a digital caricature of it. Housed in a brass sphere, the digital creature is visualised on a LED screen on the one side of the device, while the tardigrade can be seen trough a monocle on the other side. While being partly autonomous, the digital creature also reflects activities by the tardigrade. You can feed the digital creature by pushing a button on the device, which simultaneously feeds the tardigrade, and by sending an email to the digital character you activate a heating lamp for the tardigrade. The project references the Tamagotchi toy by Bandai, a handheld digital pet which you have to play with and feed through button operations.
Credits: Douglas Easterly and Tiago Rorke