Robot Paints Two-Story Mural In Downtown San Jose

Robot Paints Two-Story Mural In Downtown San Jose


PAINTED BY… A ROBOT! THE TECHNOLOGY IS DESIGNED TO COST HALF THE PRICE OF A HUMAN ARTIST. AND AS KPIX 5s KIET DO SHOWS US.. IT GETS THE WORK DONE IN A FRACTION OF THE TIME. DIEGO RIVERA, EAT YOUR HEART OUT. (Jim Alves, Hardcastle Auto Body: When they came to you and said, hey I want a robot to paint this mural, you said what? I said let’s do it!) THIS IS TIMELAPSE VIDEO OF A ROBOT, YES, A ROBOT IS PAINTING A TWO- STORY TALL MURAL ON THE SIDE OF A BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN SAN JOSE. (nats) IT’S NOT SO MUCH PAINTING, AS IT IS PRINTING, SHOOTING PAINT FROM A COMPUTER CONTROLLED RIG, KIND OF LIKE A GIANT INKJET PRINTER. A MURAL THIS BIG CAN BE PAINTED IN ABOUT TWO AND A HALF DAYS, INSTEAD OF THE WEEKS IT WOULD TAKE TO DO BY HAND, AND AT HALF THE COST OF WHAT A HUMAN ARTIST WOULD CHARGE. THEY SAY THEY ARE NOT STEALING ARTISTS’ JOBS. (Yeong-Sae Kim, VIBOT : We’re certainly not trying to take small platforms away from muralists, that’s for them to do. We take a much larger project, much more complex pictures that need to be done cost effectively and in a much shorter period of time.) YEONG-SAE KIM IS THE C-F-O OF VIBOT, A STARTUP BASED IN NORTH SAN JOSE, AND WHEN THEY SAY MUCH LARGER PROJECTS, THEY’RE NOT KIDDING. VIBOT’S CAN BE SEEN ON THE SIDES OF SKYSCRAPERS ALL OVER KOREA. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THEIR TECHNOLOGY IS GETTING ROLLED OUT TO THE U-S. VIBOT SAYS THEIR TECHONOLOGY THIS OPENS UP MURALS TO OTHER ARTISTS LIKE PAINTERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, AND GRAPHIC DESIGNERS. (Kim: They don’t have the ability to paint on these large walls, so they don’t get the exposure that these muralists might be able to get. So we’re trying to open up this platform to a much wider array of artists and a much wider community of contributors to the local art community.) (Jim Alves, Hardcastle Auto Body: Maybe I’m crazy,) JIM ALVES OWNS HARDCASTLE AUTO BODY, A FAMILY RUN BUSINESS FOR THE PAST 92 YEARS. JIM APPROVED THE DESIGN, FEATURING THE PAST PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF AUTOMOBILES, WITH A NOD TO THE VALLEY’S HISTORY OF AGRICULTURE, EVEN INCLUDING THE LICK OBSERVATORY. JIM SEES THE IRONY OF AN OLD SCHOOL OPERATION USING CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY. (Jim Alves, Hardcast Auto Body: Q: Progress? You know, autobody is still a handcraft, it’s still something that we have to be skilled to do. And this kind of using the new technology of using our brain our creativity to come up with the design and the machine making it happen for us.) (Kim: It’s not just for the building owner, it’s for everyone passing by, to appreciate and to basically brighten up the neighborhood as well.HOUT THE EVENING, THE LATEST IS ALWAYS ON CBS-SF

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