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Coreless DC Motors Bring Life to Max Dean's Robotic Chair

Robotic Chair Has Unique Capacity To Self-Destruct And Self-Reassemble

Robotic chair from artist, Max DeanThe Robotic Chair is a generic-looking wooden chair with the capacity to fall apart and put itself back together. With shuddering force, the chair collapses to the floor. With persistence and determination, it proceeds to seek out its parts and begin assembly to upright itself. Powered by MICROMO coreless DC motors, the Robotic Chair is distinguished in the world of objects for its capacity to elicit empathy, compassion and hope.

 As an object, the chair has been a constant and trustworthy partner in the history of civil society. We depend on the chair to support our bodies as we depend upon the earth beneath our feet. The Robotic Chair stands in for the individual and a society over the course of a lifetime - falling apart, falling down, gathering oneself together, picking oneself up, again and again. The Robotic Chair articulately and concisely reminds us on a grand scale that there is magic - that there is hope.

The seat of the Robotic Chair houses a custom robot charged with the ambitious task of locating the scattered parts (legs and backrest), reassembling itself, then restoring itself to its former chair status. The chair acts autonomously, guided by an overhead vision system and is not dependent on viewer presence or inmax dean teraction to perform.

Max Dean Robotic Chair powered by DC Motors from MICROMOThe Robotic Chair is a collaborative project by artist Max Dean, professor and entrepreneur, Raffaello D'Andrea, and artist and industrial designer, Matt Donovan. D’Andrea is currently a professor at ETH Zurich. During earlier work at Cornell University, D’Andrea was developing his World Championship RoboCup team and suggested using MICROMO motors for the chair.

"After thousands of falls, the MICROMO motors in the Robotic Chair have proven to be rugged and dependable,” comments Dean. “As a matter of fact, not one motor has failed in the over four years we have been working with MICROMO. The motors are beautifully designed from both a functional and aesthetic point of view. Any future chairs we build will definitely be driven by MICROMO motors as well.” Currently, MICROMO provides fourteen coreless DC motors with graphite commutation, specifically the 2342 series and 2657 series motors in the Robotic Chair. As of now there are four operational chairs. Chair One is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Chair Two is in a private collection in London, and Chair Three and the prototype are in Dean’s studio in Toronto. MICROMO and Max Dean look forward to a continued, successful working partnership.

To learn about other robotic applications using dc motors from MICROMO, visit the Robotics Application page.