SLEEP ART AUTOMATED DREAMS WITH ROBOTIC ARTIST ABB IRB 120

A few years ago the Ibis hotels in Berlin, London and Paris carried out a plan as part of an advertising campaign, to automate the dreams of their guests. More or less that was the idea.

 The Sleep Art project consisted of a robotic arm that paints on a canvas the impulses it received from a computer program, which interpreted sensations of a guest while sleeping.

 How does Sleep Art work?

 The IRB 120 will paint the models encouraged by the dreams of the guests. At the start of the break, dreams will be transmitted to the robot through 80 motion, sound and temperature sensors on the top of the mattress. The sensor network is connected to the “Dreambox”, which collects the data in detail on each force detection resistor (FSR).

 In combination with the room temperature and sound levels, also captured by the Dreambox, this data is transmitted over a WiFi link to a computer that controls movements and abstract lines on the canvas. The data promoted the data in real time in a digital algorithm and, using software produced by ACNE and an interface developed by ABB, sending the host positions to the ABB IRB 120 robot.

 After processing the sensor data, the IRB 120 selected colors from various pots and did its work. The robot’s compact turning radius is enabled by its symmetrical design. This allows the robot to be mounted near other equipment, or cans of paint, and its slim wrist allows the arm to work much closer to the frame.

 ABB commented, software that communicates with the IRB 120 controller interface using a TCP socket over the IP protocol over Ethernet. After the IRB 120 gets the data from the computer, ABB’s robot path algorithm calculates the correct path by applying the relevant orientation on the brush, avoiding collisions and other uniqueness or out-of-range problems.

 The IRB 120 robot was chosen for its six-axis, multi-purpose design, which can handle a payload of 3 kg and a horizontal reach of 580 mm, is characterized by its high precision making it the artist who created a real painting on canvas using traditional brushes and acrylic paints inspired by human dreams.

 n this case, the artist is directly the robot and his inspiration is the dreams of the guest, where the real interpretation of dreams is shaped.