Paul – The Sketching Robot

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Artist and engineer Patrick Tresset investigates human artistic activity, computational creativity and our relation to machines, in particular our relations with robotic entities. In the context of his art practice, Patrick uses  an automated sketch-bot, called Paul, that turns visual data into ‘hand drawn’ pen sketches. Paul uses facial recognition technology to isolate a visitor’s visage, then reproduce it in ink as a carefully calculated line drawing.
Tresset presents theatrical installations in which robotic agents are actors, these installations are often evocations of humanness. These systems are influenced by research into human behaviour, more specifically how human artists depict other humans, how humans perceive artworks and how humans relate to robots.
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The Smog Free Tower : world’s largest air-purifier

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Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde worked with scientist Bob Ursem and European Nano Solutions to create the Smog Free Tower. After launching a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund what he describes as “the largest air-purifier in the world”, the Smog Free Tower has been installed in Rotterdam.

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The Virtual Autopsy Table

The Norrkoping VIsualization Center and Center for Medical Image Science & Visualization (CMIV) have collaborated on a new product called the “Virtual Autopsy Table”, allowing interactive visualization and manipulation of Dual Energy Computed Tomography and MRI datasets.
Visitors control the autopsy table presentation on a small satellite screen attached to the table. Each step of the medical examiner’s procedure is outlined, from the external exam to opening the body and organ dissection. As a medical examiner explains the examination process, tools, technologies, and techniques are introduced and the life-size projected body is dissected before the audience surrounding the table. The 3-D visualizations were made possible through the use of the data in the Visible Human Project.


The Virtual Autopsy Table from NorrköpingsVisualiseringscenter on Vimeo.

The Passing Cloud Project

The Passing Cloud Project

Passing Cloud by Tiago Barros is a recently submitted project for the international ideas competition: Life at the Speed of Rail, promoted by Van Alen Institute and the Department of Cultural affairs of New York City. Although it wasn’t one of the winning proposals, Passing Cloud reveals a strong conceptual approach that is worth noting: It is a new vision on travelling, based on the old Zeppelins.

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Solar Powered COM-BAT Spy Plane

Animal Inspired Bio Designs

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The concept was conceived by the US military as a means to gather real-time data for soldiers, and the Army has awarded the University of Michigan College of Engineering a five year $10-million dollar grant to develop it.

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