Learning the art of calligraphy normally takes years or even a lifetime. But Japanese children could master calligraphy much quicker now. A robot teacher utilizing the very same techniques of one Juho Sado, a 90-year-old calligraphy master, to get those neat characters on paper, has been installed at Keio University in Yokohama. The robot has a mechanical arm to hold the brush and guide his students’ handss through the strokes of painting a kanji, or Japanese character. The robot’s various sensors are able to capture all of the nuances of Sado’s gestures and movements as he drew in kanji, which the robot teacher then can impart to it’s students.
The research group at Keio University, led by Seiichiro Katsura, who developed the Motion Copy System said:
“What’s new is, there’s a motor attached to the brush, so while the person’s moving, the motion and force are recorded as digital data using the motor. What’s more, with this technology, the recorded motion and force can be reproduced anytime, anywhere using the motor.”
“We’ve succeeded in using the motor to record the movements of a veteran calligrapher, and to actually reproduce them. So, I think we’ve demonstrated that, to record and reproduce human skills, it’s necessary to record not just motions, but also how strongly those motions are made.”
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