“The astounding athletic power of quadcopters” by Raffaello D’Andrea (2013)

Artists,Reference,Robotics — Flora @ 4:31 pm

Roboticist Raffaello D’Andrea explores the possibilities of autonomous technology. For more information go here.

“Lewis Hamilton portrait” by Ian Cook (2008)

Artists,Reference,Robotics — Flora @ 4:20 pm

These are paintings done with RC cars in place of brushes. To read the article about him go here.

Robo-Rainbow by CROMATICS (2011)

Artists,Instrument,Reference — mvarner @ 3:08 pm

Robo-Rainbow is a bike attachment that lets the biker to automatically spray-paint a large rainbow on an outdoor wall while still on their bike, allowing for a quick exit when finished.

(In)Security Camera by Ben Chang et al (2003)

Artists,Reference — mvarner @ 2:39 pm

Created by Ben Chang, Silvia Ruzanka, and Dmitry Strakovsky, the (InSecurity) Camera is a security camera that is startled by sudden movements and avoids direct eye contact from people, reversing the relationship between the surveillance system and its subjects. Read More

Eyewriter 2.0 / Livewriter by FAT Lab (2010)

Artists,Reference — mvarner @ 1:55 pm

A giant 6-axis robotic arm draws out small children’s names using input from the Eyewriter, a device that lets people write graffiti with their eyes. See More

Interactive Robotic Painting Machine by Benjamin Grosser(2011)

Artists,CNC Router,Robotics — Zhen Geng @ 1:20 pm

This machine uses artificial intelligence to paint its own body of work and to make its own decisions. While doing so, it listens to its environment and considers what it hears as input into the painting process. In the absence of someone or something else making sound in its presence, the machine, like many artists, listens to itself. Read more.


Electronic Countermeasures by Tomorrow Comes Today (2011)

Artists,Reference — mvarner @ 9:22 am

Electronic Countermeasures seeks to bring people of geographic proximity together through adhoc, local networks. They use a swarm of  GPS enabled quadcopters to create a “flying pirate file sharing network”. Read More

“Inter Caetera Divina” by Ken Goldberg and Claudia Vera (1992)



Shown at SIGGRAPH in 1992, “Inter Caetera Divina” was a robot art that drew world maps over the course of the 5-day show. The title refers to the 1493 proclamation by Pope Alexander VI that split the New World between Spain and Portugal, and the maps range from the time of Columbus to World War II. The robot art feels like a non-sequitor here – how exactly do they relate to cartography or to the notion of artificial borders? Maybe the durational quality of this work is what connects the technology to the stated theme. I can’t help but feel the precision of the robot belies the provisional and subjective nature of map-making.

More here.

“Big Signal” by Peter Coppin (2000)

Artists,Reference,Robotics — miles @ 8:34 am



Funded by NASA and developed at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute, “Big Signal” was a web interface that let students experience Antarctica via Nomad – a robot prototype that searched for meteorites. The project was deployed to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, as well as to several middle and elementary schools. Coppin says that the goal of the project was to “place students in a real scientific setting by giving them access to the same data that a scientist would access.”

More here.

“Dronestagram” by James Bridle (2013)

Artists,Reference,Robotics — Flora @ 12:37 am

James Bridle repurposes photos taken by unmanned aircraft, in the form of an Instagram account dedicated to drone’s-eye views and captions detailing U.S. drone strikes.



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