Robot teaches children the art of calligraphy

Mastering the ancient Japanese art of calligraphy generally takes years of training and patience. But thanks to a new robot assistant, Japanese children can learn the techniques of calligraphy masters in a much shorter time than previously possible. The robot, installed at Keio University in Yokohama, utilizes the same techniques as Juho Sado, a 90-year-old calligraphy master, in order to draw the intricate characters on paper with a brush. It uses a mechanical arm to properly hold the brush in perfect form and guide the students’ hands through the strokes of painting a kanji, or Japanese character.