Robot Painter Works Like a Photobooth


[Ben], [David], [Drew], [Kayla], and [Peter] built a robotic artist as their senior design project. This mashes up a bunch of different project ideas, but the thing we like the most about it is that it works much like a photo booth that produces a painting. A Raspberry Pi uses a webcam to snap the picture, converts the image to three colors (plus the white background of the canvas) and sets the robot in motion. The team laments that initial testing of the completed project (seen in the clip below) worked out quite well but took hours to produce the painting. What do they expect? It’s art!

This is quite a bit different from the WaterColorBot (whose manufacturing process we just looked in on yesterday). WaterColorBot uses a flat canvas and a gantry system. This offering, which is called PICASSAU, uses an upright canvas with the paintbrush mounted in much the same way as a plotter robot. The biggest difference is that there is the ability to pivot the paint brush in order to pick up more paint, and for cleaning in between color changes.


  1. Eirinn says:

    Haha fancy little thing, looks like it’s humping the cup every time it refills the paint. I’m amazed at how “accurate” it is while wobbling away, brushing, on a fishing line. At times the friction is enough to turn the bot itself.

  2. Hirudinea says:

    Ah, I never understood modern art!

  3. bob says:

    Funny how it turns the girl in the back into a cylon.

  4. vonskippy says:

    So now 4 year olds have robot competition for refrigerator door space.

    //yes honey, that looks “great”//

  5. Greg says:

    It’s incredible what robotics are doing. It would be cool to go into a photo booth and come out with something that resembles a painting.

  6. Remo says:

    Incredible robotic work! Modern Art can be so mechanized as well. May be.. not pretty aware of. I personally feel each art should possess emotions. Its all about connecting with the heart. Well that’s what my belief of perfect art and what Peter Van Eupen emphasizes on.

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