About the ongoing project
This ongoing project of mine, Robot Projection Mapping Project, is a collaborative project in which I have put together an interdisciplinary team comprised of designers and engineers to meet weekly in an effort to expand the range of engaging participatory visual environments through projection mapping with robotic manipulators. This group has sought out, developed, or repurposed new tools and workflows that can exploit volumetric space and time when coupled to existing audio/visual resources. This research is demonstrating how advanced numeric control tools can be simultaneously considered and designed for use in real-time-rendered audio/visual environmental experiences. Industrial manipulators tooled with complex volumetric surfaces can become integrated within a larger spatial environment, executing digitally defined movements synced with projected imagery and discretely sourced audio that permitting dynamic audience participation and experience. The tools and workflows being developed are simultaneously leveraged towards expanding the scope of human-robot environments. Computational feedback systems are permitting real-time open-loop tool communication, diminishing the need for discrete path planning and strict environmental control by introducing object-relation coding structures that adapt to conditional changes. Collaborators include Thomas Tucker (College of Architecture & Urban Studies), Chip Clark (College of Architecture & Urban Studies), Matthew Bender (Engineering), Dr. Kurdila (Engineering) and Walter (Engineering).