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BotSpot is an open-source hardware and software robotic painting platform that transcribes digital art into unique art pieces. Read more

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$330
pledged of $12,000 goal

Funding Canceled

Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on February 28, 2012.

BotSpot is an open-source hardware and software robotic painting platform that transcribes digital art into unique art pieces.

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.

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 will donate 10% of the excess funds to children's art and robotics foundations.

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    1 backer

    THANK YOU! Every single bit helps, a LOT. For your donation, you will receive insider updates to BotSpot along with access to the Live Stream of our cocktail reception/BotSpot initial creation at TechShop SF.

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    $5 reward

    0 backers

    Grazie! For your 5 dollar donation you receive the previous rewards along with your name placed on sfautomata.com/botspot as a "backer".

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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

    2 backers

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

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    2 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

    1 backer

    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

    0 backers

    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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    $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.

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    $500 reward

    0 backers

    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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    $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.

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    $1,000 reward

    0 backers

    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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    $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.

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    $2,500 reward

    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    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

    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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    $5,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    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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    $10,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    EVERYTHING REWARD!
    Dank! 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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Funding period

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