Industrial robots star in projection-mapping video

Objects seem to defy the laws of physics.

(Credit: Bot & Dolly)

Industrial robots are inherently bad ass. But when programmed as part of a work of art, they become magical.

With a nod to Arthur C. Clarke, San Francisco design and engineering firm Bot & Dolly understands this concept well. It spent two years working on “Box,” a five-minute film that explores the nexus of man, machine, and art.

The video employs projection-mapping techniques, a human actor, and several large robotic arms to spectacular effect.

“‘Box’ explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection mapping on moving surfaces,” the firm states. “The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera. It is the culmination of multiple technologies, including large-scale robotics, projection mapping, and software engineering. We believe this methodology has tremendous potential to radically transform theatrical presentations and define new genres of expression.”

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