Thursday, May 03, 2012

Victorian-era robotic training arm by Pablo Lavezzari

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:


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