Magic Darts | JKU LIT @ Ars Electronica 2020
From 09 to 13 September 2020, the ARS Electronica Festival for Art, Technology and Society took place at JKU for the first time. As part of his master thesis at the Institute of Machine Design and Hydraulic Drives, Florian Wolfslehner designed a magic dartboard for the ARS Electronica 2020.
Magic Darts is a dartboard where you always hit the bull’s eye. The mechatronic system of this machine ensures that you cannot miss your target. As soon as the dart is fired, the highly advanced microwave sensor network reacts, the electronics with its algorithms calculate the flight path and the dartboard adjusts its position to the target of the dart. Score! Such technologies will influence our future daily life: in autonomous cars, where microwave radars enable us to see in the dark, in fog or dust, when algorithms have to estimate the movement of potential obstacles, or in exoskeletons, where hydraulic actuators allow ultimate compactness, low weight and energy consumption far beyond the limits of current technologies. The topic is therefore by no means just a “game”, but complex, cutting edge issues.