This project's funding goal was not reached on May 6, 2012.
About this project
Thanks for visiting! We, Carter and Wayne, are the creators of BotSpot an open-source robotic art system that composes and translates digital imagery/text/data into painterly artwork.
To begin, we met at Techshop in Menlo Park, CA as student and teacher where we began discussions about developing creative robots. Unsure of our automated friend's specific function we decided to build a "painter bot" to satisfy our art school backgrounds. However, we did not want a "printer on wheels", we wanted something much more comprehensive for BotSpot's livelihood. Thus the project began...
Since our adventure began, we've successfully completed a couple of milestones: a programmable mobile platform and a retractable pen sleeve. Now our preoccupation is with the construction of a multi-pen sleeve mechanism, but that is still short of fulfilling our vision.
Single Color Armature
Multiple Color Artwork
Conceptual Examples of Generated Artwork
Our Vision for this Kickstarter Project:
The vision for BotSpot is to compose and produce as an artist; meaning, BotSpot will select various images/drawings/text from either search engines or provided digital files, arrange the content, and create a painting using a combination of aerosols and/or pens. This is where Kickstarter can help BotSpot become a reality! Two factions of this project are requiring more resources than we are currently prepared to handle - the aerosol hardware and the time to finish developing the core painting software.
We are researching various aerosol application methods and are quickly realizing while there are numerous ways to achieve aerosol mechanisms; established systems do not resolve our specific constraints. Issues such as: compressor duration, weight, full color spectrum, and un-tethered operation are highly temperamental and we need a system that is all of these and more. Therefore, we are hacking existing systems and designing new components around their substructures.
BotSpot's software is being programmed to manage the art assets and the painting hardware by visually interfacing selection sets and data for ease of use. The essence is to create user definable worksets with options to personalize the artwork with various levels of data such as: geo-location, image filters, output sequence, etc. so that each art piece cannot be replicated even with duplicate information. This code is being developed in .Net/C#, with bindings to use within existing robot solutions/platforms.
Once completed we will release both the painting hardware and software as open source platforms, under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, for other artists and robot designers.
If we are so lucky to have an outpouring of support for our endeavor (we exceed our financial goal), we plan to extend our research into more precision based items such as point cloud scanning and maybe sculpture.
New wheels are being produced:
Update #2 (shell design coming soon)
Well, I'm glad you asked ;) There isn't much limiting the answer to this. Guerrilla Art / Marketing, Playground / Parking lot / Sports Field markings on anything from dirt to grass/AstroTurf, ICE, etc. Again, There is a lot of customizing that can go into a platform like this, and at first we are mostly concerned with being able to take not only Vector, but Raster based images, and through some digital trickery, paint said image on any flat surface at any size. Why not let me put a Giant QR code in your company parking lot that is scannable on Google Maps??? The painting medium decides a lot of this, and establishing a robust multi-paint platform for your robots is what this KickStarter is all about.
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