Artist Wes Thomas conducted an experimental procedure in the Netherlands to apply a tattoo on a human body using a special robotic arm synchronized with 5G.
This action was carried out as part of the advertising campaign of the mobile operator T-Mobile Netherlands, in order to show the speed advantages of the network, as well as its reliability. In the process of tattooing, Thomas inscribed the drawing on the mannequin’s arm, while the robotic arm, equipped with a small needle, duplicated the actions of the master. Thus, for the first time in history, the artist made a tattoo remotely. It should be noted that the idea of this project belongs to the Dutch creative agency Anomaly Amsterdam.
Actress Stijn Fransen volunteered to try out a new way of applying body art, now on her wrist flaunts a minimalist geometric pattern called “Impossible Tattoo.” According to Fransen, the resulting abstract image on her arm symbolizes her love for nature, surfing and hiking.
The robotic mechanism was developed by Briton Noel Drew and his technology team The Mill. It took 6 weeks to create the mechanism, most of its elements were printed on a 3D printer.
“We had to track the movement of human hands in real time, fully control the actions of the robot and quickly transmit data through the 5G network,” said Drew.
Before tattooing the actress, the team tested the mechanism on various vegetables. More than one pumpkin was harmed during the tests before the team refined the technology, Drew said. The organizers of the action emphasize that if there was a delay or loss of communication, the robot could create a chaotic pattern and the project would be thwarted, however, thanks to the high-speed 5G connection, the movements of the human and the robot’s hand were almost synchronous, and the instructions were carried out with millimeter precision.
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