Muralizer is a robot that prints on walls. I'll make it an easy-to-assemble kit, so you can print your art on the wall.
Imagine your digital art as a full-scale mural. Now, imagine you had a robot that could draw it on the wall for you. Muralizer is that robot, and I want to give you one of your own.
Muralizer aims to cover large walls with digital art. There is currently a working prototype and a set of open plans. Anyone can make their own muralizer by downloading the plans, ordering parts from a half-dozen places on the internet, spending a bunch of time tweaking things, and then customizing their art to better fit it.
The prototype in action.
The goal of this project is to make it easy to build a muralizer. I'd like to put together a reasonably priced, well-packaged kit (with one supplier, instead of six). The plans could also use some polish, since they're currently nerd-only. As part of building the kit, I'll rectify this, and add a user-friendly interface to things. With this kit in hand, anyone can take their computer graphics and put them on walls (really big walls).
See, I told you it was written in nerd...
Together, we can make this happen! I quit my day job to focus on community projects, this being the first one. That's where this kickstarter project comes in: for $4,000, I can focus on muralizer for a month, and should have just enough left to make muralizer kits available. Any money over the $4,000 allows me to focus for longer, adding more features, refining the design, and doing my damnedest to get the cost of the kit down. Features I would like add: "paint by numbers" style printouts, slicker control software, and better integration with your drawing program.
I'll be posting progress here, as well as at the Muralizer Project Blog and on twitter at @muralizer. Follow along as I make this happen, and feel that little thrill of knowing that you helped make this awesome thing possible. There will be plenty of posts, with pictures, video, and snippets of a radio interview I did recently did, talking all about Muralizer (and a bit about my own art).
Yours truly talking nerdy to the prototype motor controller.
Muralizer could revolutionize the way big art pieces come together. Support nerds in the arts! Let's make it happen, and liven up empty walls with vibrant vector graphics!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $4,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on November 24, 2009.
Oct 23, 2009 - Nov 24, 2009
Pledge $1 or more
For any pledge $2^1-1 ($1) or more (ie: any pledge), your name will go on the list of "People who made this possible" at muralizer.com.
Pledge $15 or more
10 backers Limited (40 of 50 left)
For $2^4-1 ($15), you can get a muralizer "sketch" via snail mail! This is one of the test images, probably with glitches. If you're lucky, it'll have doodles about physics around the errant lines.
Pledge $63 or more
0 backers Limited (50 of 50 left)
For $2^6-1 ($63), you can get your very own vector graphics file printed out on 2'x3' paper, then mailed to you. It might not be totally perfect, but I'll do my best to make it work out.
Pledge $255 or more
For $2^8-1, you'll get one of the first beta muralizer proto-kits. These might not be the final kits, but they'll be close. They also come with beta firmware: you'll be an integral part of making muralizer awesome, and get early access to the platform for your art.
Pledge $383 or more
For $2^8+2^7-1 ($383), you can pre-order the final kit, and be among the first to get your grubby paws on a printer that goes to 11 (feet).
Pledge $511 or more
0 backers Limited (5 of 5 left)
For $2^9-1, I will personally assemble a muralizer and send you the finished product early. It's like the beta program and the finished product thing, all wrapped up in one package. One fully-tested, known-good, line-drawing package.
Pledge $1,023 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
For $2^10-1, you put me under the needle. I'll have an artist permanently ink an entry from the geometric art series that inspired muralizer on my forearm. It's a nine-gon, listen to the podcasts for details, which would be a great way to cap off this project. If someone kicks in this money, I'll get that tattoo, and send the video of it happening (and me saying thanks) to the sponsor.