The Painting Robot E-David
In the nearby future if you ever happen to be at an art gallery there is a slight chance the portraits and drawings exhibited there will have a strange name written at the bottom of the canvas that is “E-David”.
BERLIN: Scientists in Berlin Germany have created a robot named E-David that can paint and draw. According to its creators the only object of this robot is to paint. That’s it.
This robot can paint wonderfully well using 5 different brushes and 24 different colours. The algorithm is designed in a way that the robot can figure out itself which brush and what colour to use. It can even figure out the brightness and darkness of the portrait it’s been given the task to paint.
At the University of Konstanz, the Department of Computer and Information Science has a structure where workgroups share a common research topic, and e-David is a project within the topic, “Exploration and visualization of large information spaces.”
When asked how the software behind that robot works the team said that “We establish a control loop using the camera in which the output of the robot is captured and new drawing commands are computed that correct the errors of the preceding step.
“Our hypothesis is that painting – at least the technical part of painting – can be seen as optimization processes in which colour is manually distributed on a canvas until the painter is able to recognize the content.” They said that e-David “will enable us to enclose the whole process of drawing production into an optimization framework. This will allow us to investigate human optimization schemes and to find out to what extent such schemes can be formulated using algorithms.”
E-David has already been declared as the best painting robot ever made.
What Do I Think?
I think this is a huge invention in robotics world. But there is one thing I fear and that is “with so much attention given to this robotic painter” the real painters, the alive ones, who have spent all their lives in perfecting this art don’t lose the value of their artwork.
But still kudos to the team behind E-David for their creation.