Portrait-Painting A.I. Uses Brush and Canvas

Artist Pindar Van Arman has been painting his entire life. But for the last 10 years he’s been trying to delegate some of the work. Van Arman’s bitPaintr project is a robotic system that paints portraits using customized robotic artificial intelligence. Unlike photo booth computer portraits — which are essentially just printers — the bitPaintr bot uses real brushes, paints and canvas. Putting the Art in Artificial Intelligence: Photos “It paints using it’s own artificial intelligence and my artistic direction,” Van Arman says on his intriguing Kickstarter page. He’s also developed a remote interface for making adjustments on the fly as the robot paints. The bitPrintr robot is actually the fifth iteration of a system he’s been working on for a decade. Backers can upload digital photos and get their…


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