Artist Pindar Van Arman has been painting his entire life. But for the last 10 years he's been trying to delegate some of the work.
Van Arman's bitPaintr project is a robotic system that paints portraits using customized robotic artificial intelligence. Unlike photo booth computer portraits - which are essentially just printers - the bitPaintr bot uses real brushes, paints and canvas.
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"It paints using it's own artificial intelligence and my artistic direction," Van Arman says on his intriguing Kickstarter page. He's also developed a remote interface for making adjustments on the fly as the robot paints. The bitPrintr robot is actually the fifth iteration of a system he's been working on for a decade.
Backers can upload digital photos and get their portraits mailed to them, with expected delivery for the initial batch in December 2015. Paintings come in five different sizes, each with a different level of detail.
The 4" x 6" postcard style converts photos into a simple line sketch and takes the machine about five minutes. The detailed 16" x 20" canvas is a full-color portrait that requires about 24 hours to complete, Van Arman says.