We've been wowed by the miraculous sand art drawings of artists such as Jim Denevan and Andres Amador, and we've longed for the ability (not to mention the patience) to be able to do this ourselves. Well, now with the BeachBot, it looks like a real posibility.
The BeachBot gets to brag that it's the 'worlds first autonomous sand art robot', that uses motors and rakes to cleverly sketch your intended patterns out onto a sandy surface. Using smart software it transfers images into sand art, and manages to look amazing as it performs your task. It's raking feature has the ability to change the thickness of your image lines, therefore adding to image detail.
With a shape similar to a sea turtle and the eyes to match, it's cute and great for livening up a miserable day at the beach. Sadly though it is still in it's concept and testing stages, but with funding and support from Disney Research Zurich, it's bound to go far and be ready for distribution some point this year and would be a perfect advertising tool for the new Finding Nemo film.
If you're interested in finding out how it looks in motion and to see some of their earlier prototypes in action, then watch this youtube video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBRrQBPtdak#t=47