akira nakayasu: robotic plant
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aug 30, 2010
akira nakayasu: robotic plant


after his first work, a sunflower-shaped robot called ‘himawari’, japanese artist and
visual designer akira nakayasu continued his research in the field of robotic plants.
his latest project, simply titled ‘plant’, is an interactive installation derived from the vision
of grass blowing in the wind. the robotic plant has 169 artificial leaves, which are
controlled by using shape memory alloy actuators. each leaf reacts independently
to movement such as an approaching hand by moving slowly in the virtual wind.

demonstration of ‘plant’

‘plant’ will be showcased at ars electronica 2010 from september 2nd to september 7th.
it will be featured as part of ‘design for repair’, one of many themes at the festival
with a focus on design instead of mass produced goods. here artists show how
to breathe new life into old objects while inventors tread new paths to make our
ecological footprint as small as possible.

detail of shape memory alloy actuator

‘himawari’, original robotic plant design

demonstration of ‘himawari’

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