Particular inspiration for this project comes from the tradition of “Ribbon Dance”,  an art form common in the far east.   With the giant bubble juice I make,  it is possible to stretch long soap film tubes many feet long.

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A kinetic artist named Bruce Shapiro has made a very interesting robotic silk ribbon dancer.

Bruce Shapiro's Ribbon Dancer Robot


The cable iris mechanism is inspired by camera lens iris apertures,  like this one I made:

The idea of using cables instead of blades came from the Canadarm end effector on the space shuttle and international space station:

Canadarm End Effector on the International Space Station.

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