We love our knitting companions, from crafty friends to the occasion yarn-tangling cat, but never before have we met an animatronic person who actually knits!
Unveiled at Newcastle’s Maker Faire, Agnes may well be the world’s first knitting humanoid robot, capable of making scarves, hats and all kinds of other items.
Andy Noyes, the robot’s creator, opted have Agnes knit on a loom “as using traditional knitting needles requires a much higher level of dexterity. The most challenging part was getting her to make repeated small and accurate moves so she can knit without making mistakes,” Andy says. “this is harder than it sounds as I wanted her to look and move like a human, if I simply wanted to build a machine to knit there are much easier ways of doing it!
She has so far completed about a dozen scarves, with each one taking her between four and five hours to knit.
“People have responded very well to Agnes – at the UK Maker Faire many people told me she was their favourite exhibit there,” says Andy, adding: “Some people also find her a little creepy, which I think is good and shows I've succeeded in giving her human-like qualities.”
Or perhaps it’s just that they’re worried she’ll rob us of our excuse to hide away and knit! Although, when the going gets tough on the Fair Isle sweater it would be lovely to let a robot take over for a while…
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