traditional japanese calligraphy mimicked by robots
traditional japanese calligraphy mimicked by robots traditional japanese calligraphy mimicked by robots
oct 11, 2012

traditional japanese calligraphy mimicked by robots

traditional japanese calligraphy replicated by robots

initiated by a research group at keio university, japanese professor seiichiro katsura has developed a ‘motion copy system’ robot that can identify and mimic detailed brush strokes based on information about movements in traditional japanese calligraphy. by storing these gestures using a head and tip as master and slave systems, characters are written by handling the device in the same way as an ordinary brush. unlike conventional motion capture systems, the robot can record and reproduce the force applied to the brush as well as the sensations replicated when users touch something. in the past, traditional calligraphy skills have been dependent on being passed through intuition and experience from the elderly, where this new system enables techniques to be learned more efficiently in the future.

the calligraphy replicating robot was presented at the 2012 combined exhibition of advanced technologies in tokyo.

replication of traditional japanese calligraphy

product view of the robot

calligraphy samples

comparisons between robotic and human calligraphy outputs



  • doesn’t this completely negate what chinese caligraphy is all about?

    roger says:
  • come on, it’s Chinese characters.

    Su says:
  • I agree with Roger, it is another case of
    “Just because you can , does not mean you should “

    FJR says:
  • It’s over. even our last cherished bit of humanity is now mimicked by machines. we, humans, are completely unnecessary. but whatever, it’s not like that hasn’t been happening for awhile now.

    Whatever Makes You Happy says:
  • Too bad the Japanese people that invented this don’t consider calligraphy an art form.

    Nicholaus says:
  • Why you haters always got to be hatin’ I’ll never know
    Just think of the sex industry implications….
    Har dee har har.

    OmiOmiO says:
  • i agree with OmiOmiO,
    just because you want to, fair enough to do so.

    anyway, what does that sign say ?

    Y2C says:
  • @roger and @Su,

    the calligraphy is written in japanese

    alvaro says:
  • The examples are not impressive. What I see here is no match to calligraphy done by a master.
    I notice the brush on the robot is always perpendicular to the paper. That’s a handicap for creating fluent characters.

    Airborne says:

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