Robot transforms beach into canvas

2015 at 01:49 pm by admin


Researchers and scientists at ETH Zurich have taken sand art to the next level with their newest robotic creation! This robotic artist, titled the Beach Bot, was originally unveiled at December’s TechFest in Mumbai, India, and is able to transform any imported artwork or line art design into a large-scale sand pattern, approximating the size of the drawing and then using its rear-mounted rake to etch the artwork into the sand. The robot can be remote controlled as well as left to draw autonomously, and is able to create swooping loop patterns as well as iconic characters like Mickey Mouse and Nemo! While the robot excels at loops and curves, it is able to create right angles by simply lifting its rake, repositioning itself with internal sensors and scanners, and placing the rake down to continue the line. In the future, the Beach Bot team hopes to expand the robot’s abilities by equipping it with various tools to create different textures and erase its own line. Watch the video below to see the robot in action!

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