A research group from the Keio University in Japan has created a robot that can mimic complex calligraphy symbols, storing the movements, pressure and speed with which they are made and then recreating them.
The team was led by Seiichiro Katsura who hopes that this intelligent robot will enable skills to be learnt more efficiently.
In the video we see a veteran calligraphy master create a complex symbol, by steering the machine. The robot stores this information and then can recreate it without the guiding hand using the Motion Copy system.
The calligraphy replication robot was displayed at the 2012 Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies in Tokyo.
I wish this thing was around back in the days when I had to do calligraphy homework – it would’ve made my life a whole lot easier – I hated that shit!