Vilnius Academy of Arts together with the subsidiary company JSB “Meniniai tyrimai” has completed the implementation of R&D project aimed to create the final prototype of a parallel robot. The scientific supervisor of this project is Julijonas Urbonas, a researcher and lecturer at the Vilnius Academy of Arts.

A parallel robot, also called a movement platform, is designed for motion simulation (flight, dance, driving, sports movements, etc.). Compared to the existing devices in the market, the developed robot stands out for its functional capabilities - it allows to simulate an extremely wide range of movements (from very delicate to very rough) and thus creates many interesting sensations for the user. Its management is straightforward - the manager does not need to have an engineering education.

The developed robot has a huge potential for application in the creative industries sector (performing arts, amusement parks, 4D cinema, video games, special effects, audiovisual media), as well as in the activities of universities and R & D & I organizations for research and education.

The Design Innovation Center of the Vilnius Academy of Arts helped to plan the R&D project, prepared the application and business plan for receiving financing, advised on the establishment of a branch company, and coordinated the implementation of the R&D project.

The project is funded by the Science, Innovation and Technology Agency MITA. Budget - 99 986,50 Eur.

As the discursive part of the ongoing „NEW NOW“ digital arts festival in Essen (Germany), an international and interdisciplinary conference took place on September 18–19. At the conference, entitled “Another End is Possible”, the VAA assoc. professor, artist, researcher Julijonas Urbonas gave a presentation on “Salvagepunk(ed) Art”, in which he presented a robot currently being developed by his design startup, JSC Meniniai Tyrimai. The robot can be adapted for theatre, dance, film, or entertainment sectors. The project is co-financed by the Lithuanian Council for Culture, the Science, Innovation and Technology Agency (MITA), and the Vilnius Academy of Arts (VAA).