Mechanical art: Japanese scientists unveil robot calligrapher
Second of two news stories that could get you thinking about the future of technology and art museums.
A robotic system that can imitate and perform calligraphy of masters of the profression - via RT:
Japanese researchers have found way to preserve the centuries old tradition of calligraphy. They have created a robot that memorize artist’s brush strokes and recreates art and calligraphy.
The robot needs to be taught before it can create something. The artist starts drawing calligraphy while his brush is attached to the robot’s mechanical hand. It remembers each move the artist makes, the pressure on the brush and the angles and then just copies them, Agence France Presse reports.
“The device is endowed with a motor that moves as the person moves the brush. And then the moves are recorded digitally. Then the robot uses the same motor to produce the exact same moves,” Associate Professor Seichiro Katsura of Keio University explains.
The aim of the robot is to preserve the traditional Japanese calligraphy and can also be used to recreate other pieces of art.
On a side note, I first heard about the story via News24, but strangely uses a distracting example of Western art to the story!?!?!?