Monday 4 April 2011

Tai chi robot art

Check out this beautiful coloured rendition of the image that was specially commissioned for me as the SpiralWise logo. It was of course created by my very talented friend over at PerfectSphere who I realise I never previously credited publicly!:


  1. Why would an andro-morphic, autonomous robotic mechanism follow a dynamically unstable posture as snake creeps appearing body-form of the Yang Family and Chen Man-ching Yang Tai-Chi-exercise unless said robot was not programmed to adapt and delete ineffecient martial motions?

  2. Thanks for commenting ambrotek6x8. I love the "andro-morphic, autonomous robotic" phrase :-)

    Essentially, I think one very reasonable answer to your question is what I describe as "benchmarking" in my robotics framework - that the posture is a test case for the robot (precisely because it is so dynamically unstable). What fascinates me, is what would it mean for a robot to actually do tai chi? Maybe this posture is entirely for strength training for example, which of course would not be necessary for a robot...

    Obviously you have some objections with this particular posture. That is an entirely valid opinion, and you may well be correct. But from a scientific perspective, I must ask can you justify, prove, or provide any evidence to back up your opinion? I am pretty confident the rigourous research that you would need to do so does not exist. It is my supposition in this blog, that having to program a robot to do tai chi, would be a way forward. It would be a means to get out of the "opinion impasse", and provide scientifically valid data and test cases to indisputably show what is efficient and what is not.