Automation robots film blockbuster "Gravity"

Nov. 12, 2013

In order to film his blockbuster space movie Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón and his team contacted a company out of San Francisco called Bot & Dolly, which redeployed robotic arms originally designed for factory automation assembly line tasks such as automotive welding and painting. The robots, called IRIS, wielded cameras, lights, props, and Clooney and Bullock themselves, throughout the filming process. These reliable, "robotic cameramen" enabled the crew to surpass previous motion-control setups, which did not have the consistency or ease of use of the robots.

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James Carroll

Former VSD Editor James Carroll joined the team 2013.  Carroll covered machine vision and imaging from numerous angles, including application stories, industry news, market updates, and new products. In addition to writing and editing articles, Carroll managed the Innovators Awards program and webcasts.

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