I made a dinosaur friend who purrs when you stroke him just right.
produced by: Jo Jonland
The project started as a mini-project for a hackathon, where I made a small stuffed hedgehog with a small vibration motor inside that would make it appear to be purring. I was surprised by how people interacted with the hedgehog, many would hold it and stroke it, and seem to be comforted by it, much like I am comforted by holding my (live!) cats.
I wanted to make a similar project, but with a more solid design. I also wondered if people would react as warmly to a friendly, purring dinosaur as they did to a hedgehog. Enter Dinosaur Friend!