A collaboration project involving four companies, including French robotics company ABB, a worldwide leader in industrial robots, has coupled science with art in a remarkable sense to illustrate a person’s sleep.
According to Reuters, robots create art that gives "new meaning to beauty sleep.”
A senior manager for Iris said, "We can see very clearly if a person is very calm, very smooth, very relaxed during the night, or if the sleep is more animated. So it's very interesting because most of our guests discovered in the morning some surprising results."
The IRB 120’s robotic arm uses raw data gathered from sensors attached to a mattress pad and sent wirelessly to a hotel lobby to create a painting.
The 80 sensors measure pressure, heat and sound which is interpreted by the robots programmed algorithm.
Although guests volunteer to participate, the whole process is unobtrusive because no cameras are used and all data is collected and sent wirelessly.
ABB’s technical engineer Guillaume Pradels says, "Look at it, it's so cute. I mean, it's a small robot, it's harmless......Robots today are everywhere, including in the arts, so it was interesting for us to be part of it."