Robot art: Sweetflag by The Dancing Lion (Komatsu RAL 10 robot), 1991
Robot art : one of six drawings by robots, made during the 'Robotics Japan: Robot Technology - Past, Present and Future' exhibition held at the Science Museum 17 September - 31 October 1991. Comprising one four drawings by The Dancing Lion (RAL 10 robot by Komatsu, Ltd.). This painting depicts a sweetflag - a perennial plant that blooms around May/June and valued since ancient times for removal of noxious vapours.
Robotics Japan Label Text Notes:
THE DANCING LION
RAL 10 Robot, Komatsu Ltd
Normal day-to-day work is welding, cutting steel or handling workpieces. Here it demonstrates its speed and fine control of movement by performing the Shishi-Mai, a traditional Japanese lion dance, and drawing pictures. For painting, an air-operated hand holds the brush in the lion's mouth while the robot loads the paper and draws the picture.
Degrees of freedom: 6
Driving method: AC servo motor
Position detecting method: Absolute encoder (with balloon backup)
Maximum combined speed: (lst-3rd axes) 5. 8m/sec
Load capacity: 10kg
Repeatability: +/- 0. 1mm
…Black and white drawing since 12th century Zen Buddhists, using a brush and "sumi" (India ink) .
perennial plant grows gregariously in dry grassland - ensiform leaves and purple or white flowers - blooms around May/June - valued since ancient times for removal of noxious vapours
perennial evergreen - Asia, Africa and Americas - In Japan, used for buildings, poles and musical instruments young shoots highly prized as food
3. 776 metros, highest mountain in Japan - conical volcano and base - national park - dormant since early 18th century
perennial colours in white and purple = Japanese Imperial Crest