French designers have developed an industrial robot arm that can draw artwork on human skin.
Robots are being used for a variety of purposes for delivering medications into the body to assistance in rescue operations to working on deep space missions. And now robots are making their way into tattoo industry too.
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A team of French designers have created an industrial robot arm that can draw tattoos on human skin with pinpoint accuracy and requires minimal human supervision to perform its tasks. The robot arm involves a 3D scanner with a needle inserted into it. The robot releases ink and creates an artwork onto the skin. It uses the same ink and needle as used by traditional tattoo guns.
This is not the first time a robot tattoo artist has been created by scientists. The same team of designers has developed a tattooing machine before but it was only tested on artificial silicon skin. Now, they have turned another 3D printer into a tattoo artist that can automatically move across human skin, pierces its top layer and creates a permanent design.
The duo Pierre Emm and Johan Da Silviera has released a video where a man gets tattooed by a robot for the first time. The video shows how perfectly the robot inks a simple design on man’s leg and completes the task without any hassle. The design software was already uploaded to the robot arm but its speed and progression was controlled by a human.
“Inherently, industrial machines are really designed to be working separate to people, behind big barricades,” said David Thomasson, a principal research engineer for strategic innovations at Autodesk.
“The standards don’t exist for this robot so our health and safety team went through that in minute detail and got advice from external groups.”
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Despite encouraging experimental results, the robot tattoo artist is not perfect yet and is unlikely to be used in local tattoo parlors anytime soon. These robot arms are not only expensive but safety risks are also associated with them. Researchers are still working through the specifics of the machine before using it on commercial basis.