Robot Artist Creates Giant Sand Drawings on the Beach

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 - 1:32PM
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Tuesday, 06 January 2015 - 1:32PM
Robot Artist Creates Giant Sand Drawings on the Beach

What was that about robots replacing human artists in the future? A robot affectionately known as "Beachbot" has been developed to create giant, elaborate drawings in the sand on the beach.

 

 

The wheeled Beachbot can receive a drawing from a phone or tablet, compute a path on the beach to approximate the drawing, and drag an attached rake behind it in order to draw the lines in the sand. It calculates its path using equipment such as laser scanners and inertial sensors.

 

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As of now, the drawing needs to be completed beforehand and then sent to the robot prior to starting its work. But the researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology aim to update the technology so it's able to be remotely controlled. This way, the human artist can create complex, spontaneous artwork, effectively turning the beach into a huge canvas.

 

Robot

[Credit: New Scientist]

 

Robot

[Credit: New Scientist]

 

"We would like to make huge sand art that amazes people," said developer Paul Beardsley of Disney Research Zurich.

 

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[Credit: New Scientist]

 

Robot

[Credit: New Scientist]

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