AIKON Project

Sophisticated drawing machine features robotic drawing arm and camera sensor. It is called ‘Paul’ …

[the first minute demonstrates what happens initially, the real action starts afterwards]

I’ve covered the project before, but has since made much progress. From the project website:

Drawing, is the human activity we investigate in the AIKON project. It has been practiced in every civilisation for at least the last 30,000 years. The project will be using computational and robotic technologies to explore the drawing activity. In particular the research focuses on face sketching. What can explain that for a non-draughtsman it proves so difficult to draw what they perceive so clearly, while an artist is able to do so sometimes just with a few lines, in a few seconds? Furthermore, how can an artist draw with an immediately recognisable style/manner?

The main objective of our investigation is to implement a computational system capable of simulating the various important processes involved in face sketching. The ensemble of processes to be simulated, including; the visual perception the subject and the sketch, the drawing gestures, the cognitive activity: reasoning. the influence of the years of training, etc., the inter-processes information flows. It is evident that due to knowledge and technological limitations the implementation of each process will remain coarse and approximate. The system implemented is expected to draw in its own style.

More about the project can be found here