akira nakayasu: robotic plant
akira nakayasu: robotic plant akira nakayasu: robotic plant
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’

  • Fun. See Israeli-American artist and NYU professor Daniel Rozin’s stuff — fields of “pixels” that in a fashion reproduce in real time what a camera sees.

    Tom P says:
  • No lo puedo creer.. para qué vamos a querer robots que se comporten como plantas cuando la naturaleza es tan perfecta! Robots que simulen el movimiento del pasto en el viento???? por que no enfocamos toda esta energia en cuidar el poco pasto que nos queda!!! Me preocupan las nuevas generaciones.. viviran en un mundo simulado? muy triste..
    Se que se debe poner mucha energia y tiempo en esto, pero me parce que es un desperdicio de inteligencia aplicada!

    Aye says:
  • that´s stupid!!!!!! can it produce O2? have fotosintesys? can smell nice?… live the nature; the bionic systems is more than simulate. don´t now what´s the objetive.

    JFranco says:
  • I agree with Aye and JFranco. Why try clumsily to imitate nature?

    RD says:

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