A robot tattooist might have steadier "hands" than its human counterpart, but how do you know it’s not going to accidentally tattoo you all the way down to the bone? That’s all I could think of watching this video of what’s been billed as the "world’s first tattoo by an industrial robot." At around two and a half minutes in you can see how tightly the tattoo recipient has been strapped to a chair and you think: "Ah, if he moves, then things are going to get nasty."

That aside, it’s wonderful to see an industrial robot being put to this use. The project was engineered by French designers Pierre Emm and Johan da Silveira (otherwise known as Appropriate Audiences), who have prior form in this department. Back in 2014, along with fellow…

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First published at: August 4, 2016 at 10:08PM.
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