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Drawing Dalibot: Designing an Art Robot That Switches Colors *

Difficulty
Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Prerequisites Programming experience is needed to do this project.
Material Availability This project requires a robotics platform like VEX®, LEGO® Mindstorms® or Arduino®.
Cost Very High (over $150)
Safety Use caution with tools when assembling the robot. Minor injury is possible.
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Abstract

Are you an artist, or do you enjoy the process of making art? What kind of art do you create? Do only humans make art? Not all the time. Robots can create art, too. Robots can be programmed and "taught" to do all kinds of things, such as delivering medications to hospital patients or putting together a car on an assembly line. The Vangobot™, shown in the video below, paints pictures with brushes and paint, and in a distinct, unique style—just like a human artist.

Video screenshot of Vangobot
Watch this video to discover more about the Vangobot. This robot can paint a picture using a painting that a human makes on a computer as a guide. It can also paint a picture from a photograph based on a couple of different painting styles.
Watch this video to discover more about the Vangobot. This robot can paint a picture using a painting that a human makes on a computer as a guide. It can also paint a picture from a photograph based on a couple of different painting styles. http://www.mefeedia.com/news/33671125

The Vangobot can change its brush length and stroke, and it can vary the intensity of color it uses. But it is different from a human artist in a couple of important ways. First, the Vangobot; requires a computer program to tell it what to paint and to give it a roadmap of how to paint something. It depends on mathematics to figure out how to hold the brush for the next brush stroke, but once it knows this, it can add texture to its stroke. Second, unlike a human artist, the Vangobot has just one eye. The inventors of the Vangobot have said that with their robot's vision system, they are exploring the boundary of human vision.

Can you create your own version of the Vangobot using a robotics platform like VEX® or LEGO® Mindstorms®? What about building and programming your own robot using an Arduino? Since this is an abbreviated project idea, Science Buddies will not give you complete directions to do so. If you want to try an easier robotics project with more complete instructions first, check out Robot Picasso: Building a Robot That Creates Art .

Credits

Michelle Maranowski, PhD, Science Buddies

  • Windows® is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation
  • VMware® is a registered trademark of VMware, Inc.
  • Vex® is a registered trademark of Innovation First International, Inc.
  • Vangobot™ is a registered trademark of Pop Art Machine Studios

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Science Buddies Staff. "Drawing Dalibot: Designing an Art Robot That Switches Colors" Science Buddies. Science Buddies, 28 July 2017. Web. 24 Nov. 2017 <https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project-ideas/Robotics_p007/robotics/drawing-robot-switches-colors?from=Blog>

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Bibliography

  • Innovation First International, Inc. (2012). VEX robotics design system: Think. Create. Build. Amaze. VEX. Retrieved June 7, 2012, from www.vexrobotics.com.

AARON is a software program and robot created by Harold Cohen that makes original art. The following article by Cohen discusses how he started on his path to making AARON and some of the problems he has had to solve:

The Vangobot™ is a robot that paints highly detailed pictures based on complex mathematical calculations. The following website and video share articles on how the Vangobot works.

  • Kelly, L., and D. Marx. (2012). Vangobot. Retrieved June 28, 2012, from vangobot.com
  • ABC World News Now. (2010, November 9). 'Vangobot' Blends Art with Technology. Retrieved July 1, 2014, from www.mefeedia.com/news/33671125

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