the aikon project began in 2004 at goldsmiths university of london as a mechanical system designed to mimic strategies deployed by an artist to represent faces with a line. the second iteration of the project came into being around 2008 and aims to go deeper to identify how artists can capture something with a few lines, in a few seconds? the project is the work of patrick tresset and frederic fol leymarie. the final project is set to be complete in 2012 and will be able to visually perceive the subject and the sketch, mimic real drawing gestures and even reason. through this mechanical process researchers anticipate that the robot will have its own drawing style. the current prototype is seen here using a camera to view the subject and an articulated arm to draw their face.

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aikon drawing robot

aikon drawing robot

aikon drawing robot

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