Heart Bot: Because Drawing With Hands Is Too Mainstream
Aramique, the interactive director at Tool, a genius of an artist, has always blown our minds with his conceptual technology. Earlier this year, he created a virtual augmented world with a metaverse that people could plunge into, which was “fully immersive, and incredibly psychedelic.”
Now he is back, launching an installation called Heart Bot, which integrates the use of robotics and human heartbeats to create pieces of art.
Intel had collaborated with SMS Audio to launch a new headphone based on a heart rate monitor. That’s when Aramique stepped in to create an idea for an object that would be placed at The New Museum in New York. Working with partners Crouse, Matt Mets, Ranjit Bhatnagor, Adam Thabo, and Nikolay Saveliev, Aramique drew a proposal for a machine that would create drawings based on the heart beat of the user.
“Heart Bot consists of a pulse sensor embedded into a small pedestal, a wall with two stepper motors mounted 12 feet high and 10 feet apart, and a long belt stretched between them,” Aramique explained. “Attached to the belt in the middle is a rectangular frame fitted with two pen-wielding robotic arms that can draw through the window in the middle of the frame.”
The Heart Bot works in the following steps:
- The user places his/her finger on the pulse detector and presses a button to initiate the process.
- The pulse information is used to send controlled actions to the motors and the robotic arms of the machine.
- The motors can move the robotic arms anywhere on the wall once slack is added to the belt.
- As the motors move slowly, the arms move around the wall in very large motion.
- The motion then switches from slow circles to faster motion by moving up, down, left and right.
“The process takes about thirty seconds per person, and after dozens of people have used it, the result is a collective representation of the emotional state of all of the contributors,” said Heart Bot’s technical director Crouse.
Heart Bot takes its aspirations from:
- HEKTOR, the first suspended drawing,
- PLOTCLOCK, a “simple, clever, and nimble little drawing robot.”
Heart Bot made an appearance at The New Museum for just one night, where over 60 people participated in creating large scale wall drawing with their heart rate. Heart Bot is supposedly going to be shown at the Computer Electronics Show again, though no comment has been made officially. However, after making trips across the world, Heart Bot’s final destination has been confirmed as Feeding America®, a local hunger relief charity.