Milos Rajkovic is an anti-war Serbian artist who makes animated GIFs showing the inner-working of authority figures like generals and politicians. The busts are filled with ridiculous characters (clowns, machines, birds, etc.) which poke fun at the ruling class. It’s all rather mesmerizing…
A word from the artist:
“I think that satirical humor is the best form of criticism and thats the reason why I use it so much in my work. The interesting thing is that people who don’t understand that kind of humor always thinks that my art is scary and disturbing.”
The Karate Kid Robot was designed by Boston Dynamics (now owned by Google) and programmed by the robotics lab at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). The robot stands at 6 ft 2 in tall and weighs in at 330 lbs! And now that we’re teaching it how to do karate, this robot is truly becoming a fighting machine.
Here’s a bio from Boston Dynamics:
“Atlas (the trade name) is a high mobility, humanoid robot designed to negotiate outdoor, rough terrain. Atlas can walk bipedally leaving the upper limbs free to lift, carry, and manipulate the environment. In extremely challenging terrain, Atlas is strong and coordinated enough to climb using hands and feet, to pick its way through congested spaces.
Articulated, sensate hands will enable Atlas to use tools designed for human use. Atlas includes 28 hydraulically-actuated degrees of freedom, two hands, arms, legs, feet and a torso.
An articulated sensor head includes stereo cameras and a laser range finder. Atlas is powered from an off-board, electric power supply via a flexible tether.
Several copies of the Atlas robot are being provided as Government Furnished Equipment for the DARPA Robotics Challenge program with delivery scheduled in the summer of 2013.”
Ian competed in the US Government’s Robot Olympics, and was apparently able to walk, carry a fire hose, and get in a car and drive it. I’m impressed! The robot only came in second, so I was terribly curious to find out who won!?
It was SCHAFT, from Japan (no surprise). Here’s the Shaft “highlight reel,” so to speak:
Now, we just need to see Atlas and SCHAFT fight in a death match.
We’ve featured Fabian Oefner’s work here on the blog before. He’s a photographer, videographer and a self-proclaimed “curious investigator, photographer and artist, whose work moves between the fields of art and science.” We can certainly appreciate that sentiment at RobotSpaceBrain. His new collaboration with Ferrari is another wonderful fusion of art and science.
Wind tunnels are often used in aerodynamic research to study the effects of air moving past solid objects. In the automobile industry, the tunnel can be used to measure the aerodynamic forces and pressure distribution to optimize a car’s design. In this project, Fabian sprays UV paint into the wind tunnel with a black California T Ferrari and captures the scene in it all its glory.
The artwork is certainly commercial, but I appreciate it just the same. After all, artists have to make money too…
Jakub Rozalski is a Polish artist who wields a graphics tablet to mix early 20th century artwork with futuristic machine warriors. It’s quite surreal to witness manual laborers, cavalrymen and foot soldiers working alongside gigantic robots… And he somehow makes it all look very natural.
Interesting note: the piece above titled “Into the Wild,” is a tribute to the bear ‘Wojtek‘, who fought with the Polish army in Africa and at Monte Casino.
To find more from Jakub, check out his concept art and illustrations at his tumblr.
NYC-based sculptor, Tom Fruin, just installed his colorful plexiglass and steel house at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. The artwork is called Kolonihavehus, taking its name and inspiration from Copenhagen’s ubiquitous kolonihavehus: a modest garden shed originally intended to give state workers a refuge from cramped living conditions in the city. This small home was made from over 1,000 pieces of salvaged plexiglass.
From the artist:
“Kolonihavehus was conceived in collaboration with CoreAct, a Copenhagen-based performance company headed by Anika Barkan and Helene Kvint. During its exhibition the sculpture is brought to life by performances exploring the concrete poetry of Danish poet Vagn Steen, with computer controlled light sequences by Nuno Neto, Mikkel Jensen and Frantisek Fabian, a sound installation by Astrid Lomholt, and costumes by Camilla Lind.”
For more work from the artist and to read more about the stained glass house, check out his site, here.
Ever since Facebook purchased Oculus Rift for 2 billion dollars, I have been waiting for applications of the virtual reality technology that made sense. Of course, gaming as always been a target, but to justify that kind of money, virtual reality must become mainstream, so to speak.
As Zuckerberg said himself, “Immersive virtual and augmented reality will become a part of people’s everyday life. History suggests there will be more platforms to come, and whoever builds and defines these will shape the future and reap the benefits.”
The application above demonstrates a digital sculptor making a few designs; a face, a spider, etc.. and it seems to make a lot of sense. You can imagine that this technology could be combined with a 3D printer to create a seamless design pipeline.
In this case, the artist is using a Razer Hydra as the controller, but I think some sort of Power Glove would be much cooler (and easier to learn). I am now realizing that the Oculus Rift can potentially be a very useful tool and not just a gaming fad.
If you have any interest in playing around with the Oculus Rift or giving virtual reality sculpting a try, there is a Development Kit available now, although you’ll have to shell out some serious cash (~$800)