Engineering Challenge


The principal challenge for the Engineering team was in translating the abstract vision of the Artist into manageable and realistic components that could then be implemented as software and hardware entities to realise the overall system. The idea in itself is unique, in that it required transforming a high precision industrial robot arm meant for repetitive workshop tasks into a likeable, interactive, 'human-like' work of art.

On a technical level this project poses multiple engineering challenges, including the development of real-time control strategies for the robot arm based on auditory-visual feedback, multimodal sensor fusion for creating complex behaviours, development of novel safety mechanisms, failure detection mechanisms and integration of a variety of hardware and software components that are hugely unrelated.