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Robot Artist Draws Portraits

by Paul Strauss

This humanoid robot holds a pen in its hand and can draw an image of any person who stands in front of it.

Artist Robot by Sylvain Calinon

Created by robotic researcher Sylvain Calinon, the robot recognizes when there’s a face in its field of view, then snaps a digital photo and extracts the major characteristics of their visage. Once that’s done, the robot turns itself into an X/Y plotter, picking up an old-fashioned quill pen and gradually filling in the details of a portrait.

I think it would be really cool to set up a bunch of these in a row, creating different styles of art using ink, pastel, oils and acrylics. Sylvain, are you listening?

[via BotJunkie]

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Comments (6):

  1. pretty interesting! It would be neat if it used a pencil or something that could render pressure applied.

  2. Yes, this is work in progress!
    If interested, there are more videos available at http://www.calinon.ch and http://lasa.epfl.ch

  3. D H says:

    It just digitizes a picture, then prints it to a plotter with an ink/time procedure. So?

  4. Yazan says:

    Wait .. .are we praising a machine’s ability to take a still image and reproduce it with ink ??

  5. Nail says:

    Pretty cool, if it could reenact the common human possture with holding a pen it would be much better.

  6. AERILYN says:


    I am looking for ink cartridges for the Epson CX3600. I have bought compatibles in the past but the ink quality is not so great or the chips dont recognise. Any help would be appreciated :)

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