Orestis Kourakis
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Robots and Equipment

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Robots and Equipment
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From a minuscule gem to the most imposing monument, archaeological objects are dangerously fragile and one risks irreparable damage with every handling. For this reason, archeological documentation needs daring creativity to ensure perfect documentation with maximum safety. To provide such solutions, I design and build specialised robotic systems that redefine the boundaries of photographic documentation.

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Robotic RTI dome

Custom-made RTI robotic device

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This unique handmade portable robotic device was specifically designed and developed to produce consistent RTI models on location. The whole shooting process lasts only minutes and its precision and repeatability ensures ideal consistent RTI, which are unequivocally essential when one needs to compare models. Traditionally, this work requires heavy and bulky domes which only major museums can host; however, this robotic device has the precision of a dome but can be adapted to any size and orientation, allowing for superior results anywhere.

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Rotational robotic device

Rotational robotic device

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Typical rotational devices offer neither the precision nor the smoothness required to document a fragile archaeological object. Therefore, I designed and developed a rotational robot that is impressively robust and smooth while remaining highly precise, taking up to 36,000 distinct steps per circle. It is used both for the creation of rollouts - for vases and other painted cylindrical objects – as well as for the development of interactive 2D or 3D presentations of objects.

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Robotic railing system

Robotic railing system

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Whenever there is need for the creation of rollouts or merges of large exterior areas on rough ground (such as an excavation or an archaeological site), this handmade robotic railing system offers an ideal solution. Designed to compensate for ground irregularity, its platform offers precise and controllable moving steps, as well as an automatically triggered camera. Whenever meticulous accuracy is needed to offset a site’s complexity, this device unfailingly provides near perfect results.

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State-of-the-art Equipment

State-of-the-art Equipment

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Throughout my career I have incessantly updated my own equipment in order to deal with every new and challenging shooting scenario - from the tiniest gems to copious constructions - providing my clients with cutting-edge technology seldom found anywhere.

Using high-end multi-shot Hasselblad cameras and the innovative Broncolor lighting equipment, I create photographs that feel near tangible and guarantee that the objects won’t require updated photographs.

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