Scientists at Keio University in Tokyo presented on Tuesday a robot that is capable of imitating handwriting of a famous Japanese calligrapher.
The robot, which was displayed at the CEATEC Japan information technology exhibition in Chiba Prefecture, can reproduce brush strokes of eminent master Sado Juho.
A motion copy system installed in the robot is the first unit in the world that can highly accurately recreate motions of the 89-year-old calligrapher. The master has cooperated with the researchers to help them understand how his brush strokes come to life.
The motion copy system could however have application in a variety of fields in the future.
“We can expect applications in helping pass on skills of master mechanics or surgical procedures,” said team member Seiichiro Katsura, associate professor at the university’s department of system design engineering, quoted by Kyodo.