The various permutations of the video featuring a robotic
chair that can build itself from a state of disrepair back into
a perfectly respectable piece of furniture have somewhat
diluted what Cornell students Max Dean, Raffaello d"Andrea
and Matt Donovan had in mind for their creation. For them,
The Robotic Chair "stands in for the individual and a society
over the course of a lifetime - falling apart, falling down,
gathering oneself together, picking oneself up, again and
again" which is precisely what happens in the video. After
being thrown to t he floor, the chair slowly begins assembling
itself; the seat wheels over to the back and legs and clips in
place and like an automaton calf newly born, raises itself up.