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Robotics Take Centre Stage on the Nikon Booth at CES

Robotics at CES with Nikon

This year’s CES show in Las Vegas saw the latest technology from around the world – with all the big brands demonstrating their latest products and solutions. But the big theme for CES seemed very much in the realm of robotics! We were the central feature for the Nikon stand, who were releasing the AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR super-telephoto. Both The Bolt and new Bolt Jr brought crowds of people in, keen to get their own personal ‘Robot Video!’ recorded on the cinebots.

It was a complex robotic move, requiring some very clever programming. Motion Control Operator Julian Hermansen put the move together in 3ds Max, and talks a little about how he did it:

“Both the Bolt and Bolt Jr. were rigged and set up in a scene in 3ds Max. All geometry and measures were precisely matched to the real setup along with the framing of the cameras.

The 3d rigs consisted of several different rigs blended during the animation to allow for a combination of movements that would otherwise not be possible – for example, mixing forward kinematics and inverse kinematics and combining target tracking of the camera head with freely animated rotation movements of the head.”

Watch the short highlights video here:

For more information about the Bolt and Bolt Jr. click here

Robo-Trumble Featuring StudioBot Wins Best Advertising Award

A great video made a few years back by Nikon Ambassador John Wright for Nikon featuring the StudioBot with a Nikon D810 recently won Best Advertising Award at the 2016 BAFTA Qualifying.

The video features the StudioBot and ex Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt performing a kind of ‘dance off’ together. The production was shot entirely on a Nikon D810 and demonstrates the level of creative control available using both Nikon and MRMC’s robotic solutions. The StudioBot controlled through Flair software is animated to dance with Kimberly. No CGI was used in the making of this production and all camera positions where robotic or static.

Robo-Trumble wins Best Advertising Award at the 2016 BAFTA Qualifying featuring StudioBot

Behind the Scenes – Making of Robo-Trumble

You can also see behind the scenes video which delves into the different aspects, including: the thought process; humanising the robot; and of course demonstrating the quality and precision of the equipment used.

For more information and to see other films visit The Aesthetica Short Film Festival website here


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