Creating beautiful Japanese Calligraphy is an art that requires years of practice to master. But what if a robot could mimic the exact hand movements of the artist and replicate the masterpieces like a photocopy machine? That’s the idea behind the Motion Copy System. The system is being developed by researchers at Keio University in Tokyo.
Robots that copy human motion are nothing new. But mimicking traditional Japanese calligraphy even for a robot is a bit tough because creating Calligraphy is such an art that requires long time of practice. If it requires years of practice to be a master in creating beautiful Calligraphy specially the Japanese Calligraphy, then how does a robot mimic traditional Japanese Calligraphy just like this? The mystery lies behind a technique called Motion Copy System.
First a human artist creates a work using a special split brush. This special split brush of the Motion Copy System records every movement (thickness of the line, pressure, shade etc.) with total accuracy. Then these recorded movements are saved as a digital file. Later, using this saved digital file, a robot can easily mimic traditional Japanese Calligraphy. Check the video where project leader professor Seiichiro Katsura demonstrates how the system works.
The Motion Copy System was demoed at the recent CEATEC 2012 tech show in Tokyo. However, researchers believe that in the future, this technology could be used to record, store, and download all sorts of actions on demand.