08 Jan '15, 9pm

Robot Artist Draws Giant Sketches on the Beach

We’ve seen robots drawing and painting before. But Beachbot does art on a whole different scale. Developed by a team from Disney Research Zurich and ETH Zurich, the robot can autonomously create giant sand drawings by dragging a rake-like tool on a beach. Paul Beardsley , a principal research scientist at Disney Research Zurich, says he wanted to build an artist robot that could keep creating new artwork. Instead of using paint, he wanted to explore a less permanent medium. “Sand drawing is perfect because it’s an infinitely reuseable canvas,” he says. Beachbot carries a computer with Wi-Fi, a inertial measurement unit (IMU), and a laser scanner. It uses the laser, mounted on its back, to detect four poles placed on the beach. The poles delimit the boundaries of a “canvas,” and the robot uses the laser data and the IMU to locate itself and navigate with millimiter accuracy...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hard...

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