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FabLab Art & Design by Mario Wingert - from moving Sculpture to Bionic Robots

Welcome at the Human Robotx Art & Design Studio. Take a look into the future: art, design, technology and science have been melting to a new symbiosis. Knowledge and phantasy, critical analytics and intuition, unprejudiced openness and shaping creativity are equal necessary to overcome the boundaries of traditional thinking and extreme specialization. The artist´s creative thinking and science are not counterparts - or even different, non-compatible cultures. The goal of both is "Gestaltwahrnehmung" and "Erkenntnisgewinn". And this is always a kind of art...

 

Creativity, Intuition, Basic Determining Investigation

The creative research, development, design and invention process is not only based on intution. At first it is a cognitive process, in which multiple rational informations and sensoric perceptions have to be detected, structured, understood, and organized in a shaping manner. In this process creative designers do also always questioning unconscious assumptions, prejudice, and cultural lead-pictures, which often blocking our creative thinking. Every design task is interdisziplinary by nature and begins with an extensive basic determining investigation. The goal is:

  • the collection of all relevant informations
  • their cognitive structuring, and
  • the right problem configuration.

By means of such an investigation it becomes possible to select optimal design strategies even in an early stage, and to avoid blind alleys. And that basic determining process shows that lightweight structure design, biomechanical principles, humanlike ergonomy, and structural implemented passive elasticity - for compliant safety, force sensitivity, force storage, and system dynamics - are some of the main criteria of a humanoid robot, which guide directly to the optimal solution space.

 

Research, Development, Experiment

The biomechanical design approach leads to new structure and design principles wich have an direct impact on the anatomic-kinematical structure, the selection of the materials, the technical components, the dynamics of the system, and by this reason also on the controller principles. Therefore my anthropomorphic robot design concepts have not much to do with traditional machine building and "artifical" intelligence approaches. The complexity of the system, its dynamics, and the biological example lead to the assumption that the so-called "artifical intelligence" approach and calculable procedures are not capable to compete with the principles of the reflex-kind selforganization, which we find in Nature even in relatively simple species. The main problem is to develop a new conceptual understanding of the principles of natural intelligence - that means, of physically connected structures as a whole, and their structural changes and interactions. I am therefore inspired especially by bionics, neuronal networks, non-computable processes, and the unsolved problems and possibilities of quantum technologies.

I am studying the human biomechanics and searching for ways to realize the needed complexity, flexibility and elasticity for musculoskeletal humanoid robots, trying to implement it structurally in a technical most simple manner, and to explore such morphological intelligence experimentally. The goal is the design and economic manufacturing of standard and custom made biomechanical humanoid robot platforms to enable practical experiments under real, reproduceable conditions. Further goals are the development of an universal muscle-tendon-system on the basis of special rubber strings with adjustable pre-tension (later to be replaced by electroactive elastomers), and the realization of stable dynamic walking and balance processes by deploying passive whole-body-elasticity and resonance effects.

Meanwhile I have been also thinking in a creative way about the contradictions in our basic physical concepts in quantum physics, the mysterious role of the "conscious observer" (The Interpretation Problem of Quantum Mechanics), and natural intelligence, perception, and the cognitive nature of language. See also Human Robotx Research & Development Program.

 

FabLab Art & Design Shop

All displayed stainless steel sculpture, glass sculpture, wood sculpture, design objects, robot design studies, and books can also be ordered here in the design shop (after registration). In 2014 there will be the opportunity for interested companies to order an exclusive license for a high-tech design advertising sculpture edition: 100 Masterpieces - The Human Robotx Design Collection.