One of ST Robotics’ robots was developed by Pindar Van Arman and Cook Children’s Medical Ctr to help teens with epilepsy through the creation of art.
PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY, U.S., June 6, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — ST Robotics is proud to announce that one of its robots has been donated by artist and roboticist Pindar Van Arman and Cook Children’s Medical Center for the groundbreaking youth support application Epilepsy Cures and Recovers by Creating Art.
The robot, named Spikeangelo, is the brainchild of Van Arman and M. Scott Perry, MD, co-directors, Cook Children’s Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center, which aims to nurture the creativity and skills of people with neurological disorders.
dr Perry comments, “Spikelangelo, the groundbreaking robot, acts as a pediatric art therapist, creating a whole new level of discovery, care and recovery for our patients. We hope this robot will help unleash the creativity that is in all of us, regardless of physical ability.”
The ST R17 HS robot, which is mounted with a camera on the arm and a brush in the gripper, is programmed with Van Arman’s more than two dozen unique AI algorithms. The patient connects to the robot via a tablet computer, which acts as a canvas on which the artist/patient can draw a customized or chosen design using their finger or an electronic pen. Spikeangelo is placed on the first floor of the hospital for guests to watch.
Spikelangelo provides extra “hands” to help children with projects, especially when this non-profit children’s hospital has limited human resources. Additionally, many of the patients are unable to leave their rooms for group art projects, but now, via Spikeangelo, multiple children across the medical center can collaborate virtually on a project, each bringing their own creativity.
Spikeangelo is the second robot Van Arman has purchased from ST Robotics. The first robot, called Artonomo.us, was created by Van Arman as a studio assistant who helped him increase artistic productivity with simple painting tasks like connecting dots and painting by numbers. However, over the years, Van Arman taught the robot its entire artistic painting process, adding complex AI techniques ranging from simple k-means clustering to the more complicated deep learning techniques, including convolution neural networks (CNNs) and Generative Adversarial Nets (GANS). . The robot’s computational creativity allowed it to analyze its markings and make independent aesthetic decisions. The result was that Artonomo.us autonomously painted a painting that evolved from a blank canvas into a finished portrait.
“I developed the ST robots into much more than simple assistants. My robots are now effectively expanding my own creativity,” says AI artist Pindar Van Arman.
Pindar hopes children in hospitals will soon be able to let Artonomo.us paint their portrait remotely to train the robot and teach it to create more emotional art.
Sotheby’s https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/natively-digital-1-3-generative-art/quantum-skull offers Van Arman’s first work with quantum computers (Quantum Skull), the first piece of this kind ever created. The piece consists of two parts: a physical painting and a time-based NFT. For each, Van Arman worked with fellow artist Russell Huffman to procedurally generate an image set from measurements made on an actual quantum computer. The images themselves reference Van Arman’s childhood memories of endless hours playing video games, as well as his award-winning AI Imagined Faces series, bitGANs and CryptoPunks. Using the properties of quantum noise (unchecked randomness) and quantum superposition (where objects are in more than one position at a time until a final observation occurs), these images were combined in an intriguing way and fed into his robotic system’s AI.
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