To preserve their valuable traditional skills like calligraphy for younger generations, Japanese researchers have made a technological advancement in the form of a robot that can recreate the works of calligraphers and master painters.
A NEW kind of robot that can imitate the exact brush strokes of calligraphers and master painters and could recreate their works was displayed at Asia's biggest tech fair - the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC), which is being held in Makuhari, near Tokyo.
The device is connected with the mouse and it moves when the person moves his brush; then the moves are recorded digitally. The robot uses the sign mouse to reproduce the exact sign moves. “In Japan the population is aging rapidly and the birth rates are slowing down. Generation gap between younger and older people is getting bigger and we found that traditions such as calligraphy might not be transmitted to younger generation. We found that it is possible to avoid this, thanks to this robot,” says Seichiro Katsura, System design Engineering, Keio University.
Katsura also explained that the robot cannot imitate a perfect copy of the works done by long-dead artists such as Monet or Picasso, as the Robot needs a living model to mimic its work. The robot applies the same pressure and makes the same gesture as done by the painters or calligraphers. This technology can also be used in complex surgeries or mechanics, reported AFP.