Robot Writing and Drawing

Writing is a form of human linguistic expression, and Atsu Kotani has investigate this by creating a system to enable a robot to write. Atsu’s work introduces an approach
which enables manipulator robots to write handwrit ten characters or line drawings. Given an image of just-drawn handwritten characters, the robot infers a plan to replicate the image with a writing utensil, and then reproduces the image. Our approach draws each target stroke in one continuous drawing motion and does not rely on handcrafted rules or on predefined paths of characters. Instead, it learns to write from a dataset of demonstrations. We evaluate our approach in both simulation and on two real robots. Our model can draw handwritten characters in a variety of languages which are disjoint from the training set, such as Greek, Tamil, or Hindi, and also reproduce any stroke-based drawing from an image of the drawing. This work was featured in Wired,and you can learn more from the paper, which was published at ICRA last summer

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