Monday, March 22, 2010

Aikon 2 Sketches Human Faces

Sketch artists won’t be happy about this one. This robot can look at a human face and make a decent sketch of it. Aikon 2 was featured at London’s Kinetica art fair last week and sports an “inexpensive” robot arm and software developed by a research team at Goldsmiths University of London.

Building a device with artistic ability is no easy task, so developers tried to understand and simulate the processes that artists use to sketch the human face. Those processes include: visual perception of the subject and the sketch, drawing gestures, cognitive activity, reasoning, and training. It does a much better job than I could do. Video below.

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