Robots are ready to take our place in all areas, including… Dominoes! The Dominator set a Guinness World Record: to create a Super Mario mural, he placed 100,000 dominoes in 24 hours.
Real robotic action! Created by YouTuber (and former NASA engineer) Mark Robert and his team, The Dominator created a giant Super Mario mural out of 100,000 dominoes in a single day, setting it a Guinness World Record.
100,000 Dominoes Super Mario Mural
The development of Dominator took five years of work and over 14,000 lines of code to accomplish. It includes, among other things, multi-directional wheels as well as 3D-printed funnel tracks, in which dominoes are submerged to be placed directly across a grid.
Only Dominator (obviously equipped with large eyes and a robotic tail) is not very useful. The real brain is a second machine that distributes colored dominoes according to the mural to be made. This sorting mechanism is equipped with a Kuka arm that extends dominoes through recycled Hot Wheels tracks for the occasion (almost five kilometers were necessary!).
When the Dominator goes to the sorting station to fill up the dominoes, an indoor platform loads the robot’s transforming paths with 300 coins. Thus the downtime is reduced to a minimum. It would take a team of seven experienced people for a week to complete the mural itself.
In addition to setting his own record, Dominator blew up domino champion Lily Hevich: he’s already ten times faster than any human. And besides, he does not have to go to the bathroom …