Video: Painting robot follows your eyes to create art
It’s no Picasso, but it’s a start. A robotic arm that can be controlled with your eyes has just painted its first picture: a simple image of a house, grass and the sun.
Developed byof Imperial College London and his team, the system takes a different approach to that used for other robot artists, which are . Instead of operating on its own, their bot extends the human body by providing it with a third, artificial arm. “It’s the first step to human augmentation with additional limbs,” says Faisal.
Art with a robot’s touch (Image: Sandrine Ceurstemont)
The arm uses an off-the-shelfto follow a person’s gaze, sending instructions to an industrial robot arm depending on how and where the painter looks. Faisal focused on gaze gestures that could control the robot seamlessly, in the same way as picking up objects without thinking about how to move your limbs. The commands are able to move the arm instantly using, for example, fixed gazes and sequences of prolonged blinks.
As an example, a person can get the robot arm to paint a horizontal line by staring at a start point and then an end point. Sabine Dziemian, a student who provided the eyes for the first creation, says that she didn’t need any training. “It feels natural to look where you want to draw,” she says.
Painting is just the beginning. Faisal plans to swap the current brush grip with a robotic hand to allow it to manipulate objects, allowing the system to be adapted for paralysed people or amputees. Previously, the team developed, which could be fitted with an arm to help with everyday tasks.
Gaze commands could also be sent over the internet to control the arm remotely, allowing immobile patients to perform tasks from their beds. Operators might use the system to control machinery at dangerous sites without being there – for example, to clean up chemical spills. “Some people say it feels like telekinesis,” says Faisal.
of the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby, who is currently developing drones that follow a controller’s gaze, thinks a system like this is an obvious candidate for operating a robot. “Gaze control will be integrated into cell phones and tablets within the next couple years,” he says. “It will soon become a part of everyday life.”
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