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BeachBot Creates Huge Pictures in the Sand

BeachBot's aluminum shells is sealed up tight to keep sand for getting into the works. Photo courtesy of BeachBot.ch.
BeachBot’s aluminum shells is sealed up tight to keep sand for getting into the works. Photo courtesy of BeachBot.ch.

Disney Research and ETH Zürich teamed up to create an artistic robot that draws in the sand. BeachBot uses a rake with individually adjustable tongs to create lines in the sand, drawing abstract art and Disney characters.

Three special balloon tires move the bot along with beach without a trace, so the robot is free to leave some areas untouched as it follows along its pre-programmed path. The turtle-shaped robot is approximately 2 feet long and 16 inches wide. It keeps track of its location using a laser scanner mounted on the robot and reflective poles that delineate the border of the drawing area. It’s aluminum casing is also specially sealed to keep out the sand.

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