This robot uses Nvidia GPUs and 3D cameras to paint nails
A hardware company called Clockwork has created an autonomous nail painting robot, and it will begin offering its services at Rockefeller Center in New York City starting tomorrow, October 5. Clockwork says tenants in the iconic building will be able to have their nails painted within 10 minutes for $ 10.
Automating – You might wonder how well the work will be done. One area where robotics has struggled is where dexterity is essential and nail painting requires a lot of precision. Robots don’t fold clothes because the difference between picking up a nightgown and untangling crumpled jeans is a calculation that takes a lot of calculation and a soft touch.
You would think painting irregularly shaped nails would be just as difficult. Clockwork claims it gets the job done by using a combination of 3D cameras and an Nvidia CUDA GPU to identify the shape of each nail with “sub-millimeter accuracy” and then can paint the nails accurately without human intervention. A promotional video shows a machine reminiscent of a 3D printer, moving side to side with precise movements while releasing nail paint.
Cheap, efficient – It’s actually a pretty cool idea. You might not be able to get super intricate designs right now – Clockwork will only offer 10 simple color options – but for the price you get a super fast paint job that looks high quality from the video. . Maybe you are about to go to a meeting or go to the club and you don’t have time to make a salon appointment.
With Clockwork, you can get a job fast and be on the right track. It’s like other robotic systems – it might only be able to do very limited tasks (no false nails, neat manicures, or nail art here), but it can do them quickly and efficiently. When you want something more bespoke, you turn to a real artist. Likewise, you can use a Keurig or a Nespresso to get a good enough cup of coffee, but a human barista comes up with something different.
Clockwork has raised more than $ 6 million to introduce these express beauty robots, and the company plans to have its systems appear in airports, retail stores, and other places.