Pike Loop

September 30th, 2009

Tomorrow starts the construction of the architectural installion “Pike Loop” at the Storefront of Art and Architecture (New York), together with the opening of the exhibition of the work of Swiss architects Gramazio & Kohler on Architecture and Digital Fabrication. Gramazio & Kohler shipped R-O-B, their Mobile Fabrication Unit robot, to New York to build Pike Loop, a 22m long structure built from bricks.
I would really like to see these kind of fabrication techniques to be used more often, they definitely offer new possibilities to architecture and design.

Pike Loop by Gramazio & Kohler

Pike Loop by Gramazio & Kohler

Pike Loop by Gramazio & Kohler

Pike Loop by Gramazio & Kohler

This is a photo of another design called “Structural Oscillations”, it should give you an idea how Pike Loop could look like when it’s finished.

Structural Oscillations by Gramazio & Kohler


September 10th, 2009

Kunstrasen is the German word for artifical turf but you could also interpret it as art turf. It’s also the name of Sebastian Neitsch and Jan Bernstein their robot. You can send any vector based artwork to the robot and it will then burn that design into the grass. You can see it at the exhibition Paraflows 09: Urban Hacking in Vienna starting this Friday.

Kunstrasen by Sebastian Neitsch and Jan Bernstein

found at rebel:art

Growth Modeling Device

August 11th, 2009

Growth Modeling Device is a kinetic installation by David Bowen. The machine uses lasers to scan a plant, in this case an onion, from 3 different angles. That data is then used in real-time by a fuse deposition modeler, to create a plastic model of the current state of the plant. This process takes place every 24 hours, but each time the plant is scanned from a different angle. In the end you have several models illustrating the growth of the plant. You can see a video of this installation here.
This is actually a little similar to an older project of David: Growth Rendering Device.

Growth Modeling Device by David Bowen

Y’all Can’t Ball

August 6th, 2009

Believe me. Just watch what this robot already can do, even with throwing some hoops. Sensor Fusion is another project of the Ishikawa Komuro Laboratory of the university of Tokyo.

found at kottke

Golan Levin @ TED

July 30th, 2009

I assume that you all know about TED by now and that we all want to go there … Golan Levin, half artist half engineer, was one of the speakers at TED last February. He has done the most amazing projects like Messa di Voce or Double-Taker. Yes, I’m a fan. So I can recommend you to watch his presentation.

Robot Tiles

May 20th, 2009

Hiroo Iwata developed these Robot Tiles. You have to imagine them as movable floor tiles which arrange them automatically in front of you as you walk. They’re covered with KURALON® EC, a textile made of conductive fibers. So when you step on it, it can detect in with direction you’re heading. It was part of the Tokyo Fiber ’09 Senseware exhibition during the Milan furniture fair.
As always, a video will make it clear to you.

Robot Tiles by Hiroo Iwata

Robot Tiles by Hiroo Iwata

Robot Tiles by Hiroo Iwata

found at stylepark

RobotLab Juke Bots

December 17th, 2008

Juke Bots are 2 robotic arms who can play vinyl records, that’s it. They don’t even know how to use a mixer, yet.

Drone #2

November 6th, 2008

Drone #2 by Björn Schülke is an autonomous observing system.

The futuristic appearance of “Drone #2” seems like a requisite from a science fiction film.The autonomous hi-tech construct, consisting of solar cells, heat sensors,propellors, videochips and a TFT monitor is suspended from the ceiling and reacts to the “warmblooded” spectator without him or her being able to directly influence its movement.
This construction, at first glance finely structured and fragile, mutates, once activated, into a menacing surveillance apparatus whose function is nothing but permanent observation.

Drone #2 by Björn Schülke

found at Make: Blog

Machines That Almost Fall Over

September 26th, 2008

‘Machines That Almost Fall Over’ by Michael Kontopoulos.

A system of sculptures that is constantly on the brink of collapse. My intention was to capture and sustain the exact moment of impending catastrophe and endlessly repeat it.

found at MAKE Blog

Double-Taker (Snout)

August 12th, 2008

Double-Taker (Snout) is an interactive installation by Golan Levin.

The project consists of an eight-foot (2.5m) long industrial robot arm, costumed to resemble an enormous inchworm or elephant’s trunk, which responds in unexpected ways to the presence and movements of people in its vicinity. Sited on a low roof above a museum entrance, and governed by a real-time machine vision algorithm, Double-Taker (Snout) orients itself towards passers-by, tracking their bodies and suggesting an intelligent awareness of their activities. The goal of this kinetic system is to perform convincing “double-takes” at its visitors, in which the sculpture appears to be continually surprised by the presence of its own viewers – communicating, without words, that there is something uniquely surprising about each of us.

Doubl-Taker (Snout) by Golan Levin

Double-Taker (Snout) by Golan Levin

Double-Taker (Snout) by Golan Levin

More pictures in this Flickr set.
found at rebel:art