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BotSpot is an open-source robotic art system that composes and translates digital imagery/text/data into painterly artwork. Read more

San Francisco, CA Art
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BotSpot is an open-source robotic art system that composes and translates digital imagery/text/data into painterly artwork.

San Francisco, CA Art
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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.

BotSpot

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.

Hardware Component:

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.

Software Component:

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. 

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

http://sfautomata.com/

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.

Update:

New wheels are being produced:

Update #2 (shell design coming soon)

FAQ

  • 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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  • You selected
    $5 reward

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    THANK YOU! Every single bit helps, a LOT. For your donation you will receive insider updates to BotSpot, your name or logo placed on sfautomata.com/botspot as a "backer" and access to the Live Stream of our cocktail reception/BotSpot initial creation at TechShop SF.

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    $10 reward

    3 backers

    Swag Reward! Arigato! Now that your name is placed on sfautomata.com/botspot as "backer" it will link to your website/company/kickstarter project. Added to these rewards will be one limited edition "I Am BotSpot" 3" square sticker.

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    $25 reward

    0 backers

    Swag Reward! Gracias! For generously donating your valuable dinero you can combine the previously mentioned swag rewards with a custom laser cut acrylic BotSpot keychain fob.

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    $25 reward

    3 backers

    Tech Reward! Rekhmet! For your generous reward you will to behind the scenes access to our developments. Everything from our CAD models to production notes to Test builds of the software and source code will be made available so you can see our build progress. This will also become the primary repository of all our open-source documentation, so enjoy the preview access to the cool goodies!

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    $50 reward

    3 backers

    Swag Reward! Danke! For a mere 50 dollar donation, all of the swag above will be yours, but you shall also receive a custom tagging stencil great for walls, t-shirts, cats and dogs...

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    $100 reward

    2 backers

    Art Reward! Merci! Since this project is about art, the fruits of our labor shall be yours. Of course there is swag to be had, but you will receive a BotSpot original 1 square foot (12"x12") wall mountable art piece along with the rewards described above.

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    $250 reward

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    Tech Reward! Tapadh leibh! For your donation we will reward you with the non-art swag and two custom printing nozzles. This donation also allows access to the development repository mentioned in the $25 Tech Reward.

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    $250 reward

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    Art Reward! Tapadh leibh! Combine the swag from our 1 through 50 dollar donations with a limited "I Am BotSpot" T-shirt then double the century donation - 2 square foot (1'x2') wall mountable art piece.

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    $500 reward

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    Tech Reward! Mahalo! For your donation we will reward you with the non-art swag and four custom printing nozzles. This donation also allows access to the development repository mentioned in the $25 Tech Reward.

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    $500 reward

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    Art Reward! Mahalo! For your generous donation you'll receive the T-Shirt and a larger art piece - 2'x2' square foot wall mountable art piece for a total of 4 square feet of original artwork.

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    $1,000 reward

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    Tech Reward! Dêkuji! For your donation we will reward you with the non-art swag and the custom printing assembly - including nozzles, hoses, reservoir, and mounting components. This donation also allows access to the development repository mentioned in the $25 Tech Reward.

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    $1,000 reward

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    Art Reward! Dêkuji! Your gift has made truly great things possible! You'll receive an original art piece of 8 square foot (2'x4') as well as a T-Shirt.

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    $2,500 reward

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    Art Reward! Ahéhee! BotSpot and the team would like to share our thanks with you in person. Attend a private preview cocktail reception with you and 3 friends at TechShop SF with the build team (Carter and Wayne) and enjoy all of the non-art swag rewards described above. Plus an original art piece of 16 square foot (4'x4'). That's not the end! We will also provide these BotSpot supporters with a personalized hard bound biography of the design and assembly of the artist!

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    $5,000 reward

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    Tech Reward! Xie xie! For your donation we will reward you with the non-art swag and one BotSpot system that will be yours forever! Everything from the mobile platform to the painting apparatus will be included! That's not the end! We will also provide these BotSpot owners with a personalized hard bound biography of the design and assembly of your new artist!

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    $5,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (8 left of 8)

    Art Reward! Xie xie! BotSpot and the team would like to share our thanks with you in person. Attend a private preview cocktail reception with you and 6 friends at TechShop SF with the build team (Carter and Wayne) and enjoy all of the non-art swag rewards described above. Plus an original art piece of 32 square foot (4'x8'). That's not the end! We will also provide these BotSpot supporters with a personalized hard bound biography of the design and assembly of the artist!

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    $10,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    EVERYTHING REWARD! Ein herzliches Dankeschön! For such an amazing donation BotSpot and its creators will visit your location where BotSpot will produce (2) 32 square feet of artwork along with all of the non-art swag of lower donations. In addition to the art, we will hand deliver one custom BotSpot system that will be yours forever! Everything from an etched mobile platform to braided hose on the painting apparatus will be uniquely designed and fabricated for you (including the name). Not only will this personalized BotSpot create your works of art, it will also be a work of art! That's not the end! We will also provide these BotSpot owners with a personalized hard bound biography of the design and assembly of your new artist!

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