Olafur Eliasson and Carlo Ratti collaborate on robot that charts the sun - architecture and design

Olafur Eliasson and Carlo Ratti collaborate on robot that charts the sun



Artist Olafur Eliasson and architect Carlo Ratti have collaborated on a celestial mapping robot that brings together their hit design brands Little Sun and Scribit.
The product of the collaboration by the two creatives is a small robot that produces an illustration inspired by Eliasson's social enterprise, Little Sun.

Scribit is a drawing robot that turns any wall into a write-and-erase board. The robot can move across any vertical surface drawing an image in marker pen from digital information that it has received.
It is also able to remember where it has travelled and go over the marks at a later point to erase them.
In this case, the robot has been programmed to make an ever-changing chart showing the position of the sun in the sky, with the celestial body represented by a yellow-petalled disc, that resembles the Little Sun lamp.
Invented by Carlo Ratti Associati and spun off into its own start-up, Scribit is also one of the most successful crowdfunding projects in the history of Kickstarter, raising over 2.4 million US dollars.

Little Sun, meanwhile, is Danish-Icelandic artist Eliasson's long-running social enterprise bringing solar lamps to people who need them, including refugees and people affected by natural disasters.
To create an illustration, users choose a location, date and time for the specific position of the sun they want to capture, through Scribit's accompanying app.
They can update this input as often as they like, to chart the course of the sun.

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