Automata maker Pablo Lavezzari has just gotten in touch to tell me about his new piece entitled Vintage Training Robotic Arm. The piece depicts a mechanical hand and arm made of wood, copper, and bronze. The automaton is operated via a complex system of levers, pulleys and wires, as though it were a robot from the Victorian era that had yet to be hooked up to a steam power source and Jacquard loom punch-card program.
As usual, the artist has a keen attention to detail. The robotic arm comes with a test which entails grasping a ball, picking it up, and moving from one station to another while an hourglass tracks your time to the grain.
A round-up of posts and links about robotic training arms:
- Fantastic robotic arm made entirely from wood
- Build and operate a Darth Vader robotic arm
- Edge Robotic Arm Kit
- The Robotic Chess Companion
- LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Invention System 2.0 - Robotics
- OWI Robotic Arm Trainer