ABB uses robotics to paint sleep patterns with “Sleep Art” project

Electrical Apparatus Magazine

ABB, the Swiss manufacturer of power and automation technologies, has deployed advanced robotics to venture into original works of art. The “Sleep Art” project involves robots from ABB producing art in collaboration with human subjects while they sleep. The project is a collaboration between the advertising agency BETC Digital (Havas Worldwide Group), the Swedish production company ACNE, and ABB France’s Robotics business.

ABB’s smallest robot, the IRB 120, plays the roles of painter, transcribing the overnight movements of sleeping guests participating in the project. Using software-processed data transmitted by 80 sensors embedded in the mattress, an individual’s sleep pattern is converted into art when the IRB 120 selects colors from several paint pots and executes its work on canvas, creating a rendering that no human is capable of, according to ABB.

Here is the “Sleep Art” film:


The mattress sensors collect data related to temperature, movement, and…

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