This paper describes four animated robotic sculptures that are characterized by their use of shape-memory alloy motion display technologies to express lifelike movements, such as stirring leaves or squirming tentacles. Animated robotic sculptures are works of art that combine plant and animal motifs with robotics to give their audience a sense of the objects being alive through their lifelike movements. These projects are attempts to explore what it means to feel alive by exploring our expectations of movement from what we perceive as non-interactive objects.
Nakayasu, A. Animated Robotic Sculptures: Using SMA Motion Display to Create Lifelike Movements. In SIGGRAPH 2020 Art Paper, ACM.
This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI 18K18171.