Portrait Robot By Sylvain Calinon

Portraiture does not come easily to robots, but Sylvain Calinon taught his HOAP-3 robot to draw portraits using an old-fashioned quill pen.


(Robot draws portraits with a quill pen>)

Sylvain Calinon is a postdoc at the Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.

“When the robot recognizes a face in its field of view, it first grabs a snapshot of the face and extracts the relevant features and contours characterizing it. The robot then grabs a pen and starts drawing the user’s portrait, starting from the rough contours and adding details iteratively,” Calinon said.

I love the HOAP series of little humanoid robots; check out this earlier article detailing how HOAP-2 Masters Sumo and Linux: RoboShiko!.

Robots are starting to make some inroads in the art world; take a look at a robot painter like Jackson Pollock and a robot filmmaker.

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