Google’s trippy drawing robot makes amazing art of your face

Google’s trippy drawing robot makes amazing art of your face

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today Google has a number of Android experiments its Creative Lab team built to see how far it could push mobile devices.

One that caught my eye, however, is this amazing little robot that creates line drawings of your face based on a photo taken on an Android phone.


The setup is an Android phone connected to an IOIO (pronounced ‘Yo-yo’) to control a pen suspended by two strings driven by motors. The result is these really cool line drawings that are generated by an algorithm and drawn out exactly how you saw them on the phone.

The Android device attached is just a Nexus 6P, and it handles everything from the control of the drawing robot itself to taking the photo and actually creating the line drawing.

Each picture takes about five minutes to create, which isn’t particularly long when you consider how much magic is going on here.

The drawing robot isn’t a commercial project, just something Google made for fun, but it is a cool demo of what can be built with the phone you have in your pocket.

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