The artist robot who draws all by himself

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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I don’t even know what this is, but that’s some wacky hair! What’s your guess?

Do you ever get bored in the middle of class and find yourself drawing in the paper margins? Well, if Robo Faber were your classmate, he’d be scribbling away too, especially since he was designed to be an artist!

Now, the little bot isn’t exactly on the same playing field as Pablo Picasso or Vincent Van Gogh, but his doodling skills are still pretty impressive. “I did a lot of work recently where I wrote custom computer software to generate drawings that look very similar to my own hand drawn ones,” said Matthias Dörfelt, the creator of Robo Faber. “Creating a robot that would actually use a pen to bring these drawings into a physical form was a logical next step.”

Robo Faber has been busy at work creating abstract pieces – work that has no logic or sense about them. Every illustration is completely unique from the ones before and after it. According to Dörfelt, he prefers it that way, since this will give the audience a chance to try and find connections themselves. “The reactions have been extremely positive,” he pointed out. The drawings can morph over time, and Robo Faber might actually end up making something we recognize!

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