Arms don’t see.
Robotic arms perform movements in a given three-dimensional space. They execute actions as defined by programs that are coded, tested, and stored in their memory drives.
Current industrial production plants are designed on the basis of a specific terminology that refers to the robotic nature of the process. Cells, actions, and plants are nothing but movement choreographies distributed in a blind mathematical space that is carefully customised to meet a given physical space.
This particular six-axis robotic KUKA arm operates within the space of its walls. A 3D model of this same space, called ‘The KUKA Room’, is used to program it. Any additional object, such as the MYMSA motorbike, needs to be added to that drawing. The best way to add an object is to scan, render, and add it into the model, which is quite an expensive procedure. I chose a much cheaper option and bought a 3D model of a Ducati motorbike, which inspired MYMSA’s design, from a US-based internet company. This drawing required just a few minor adjustments to meet our programming needs.
Some robots have incorporated artificial vision as part of their work routines, but even in these cases workers still do visual inspection tasks that robots cannot perform well enough. Vision, the function of seeing, has become an important activity for factory workers. Then,
Why use a robotic arm to produce a moving image?