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Hektor: the Graffiti Robot

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the kids-these-days dept.

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Lopex writes "Gizmodo has a story about Hektor, a graffiti robot. Apparently it is for the extremely geeky (or perhaps extremely lazy) tagger. Hektor.ch has photos, information (pdf), and a movie (15 Mb) of it in action."

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time cop (1)

selfabuse (681350) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125567)

I think the inventor of this has been watching Time Cop way way too much

Re:time cop (2, Informative)

selfabuse (681350) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125634)

er, demolition man, i mean.

Re:time cop (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125661)

"er, demolition man, i mean."

Doesn't sound like you've watched it too much.

Re:time cop (0)

selfabuse (681350) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125681)

Once. That's waaay more then enough ;)

Don't try this at home! (1)

lcsjk (143581) | more than 10 years ago | (#8126071)

My first thought was that the pattern looked a lot like the random pattern of one of those automatic floor vacuum cleaners - with a paint can strapped to it just before you let it go. - Have your friend try it at their house first. Momma might not be too happy!

he touched my junk liberally (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8125856)

Michael touched my junk liberally. he strapped me in to his scatmobile and he couldnt keep his offensive hands off of me. he was performing many red flag touches. i couldnt believe what the fuck was going on. i told michael the city would not approve of him touching an underage kid for free. Can you believe it? Michael did all this. He picked me off the street, strapped my arms and legs down in the scatmobile's passenger seat, and just wouldn't stop fondling my cock'n'balls. They definately were red flag touches. the goddamn moderator he had in the back seat kept on raising up this red flag every time he touched my junk but did michael care? NO WAY! He just kept on doing it. I couldn't believe what the fuck was going on, indeed. I pleaded with him but to no avail. I told him the city would not approve of a man touching an underage kid like me (at the time I was 13) without at least compensating me for the trauma and the use of my body as his own personal plaything. This got to him, worrying about his image. He continued to fondle me, all the while ignoring the moderator's red flags. Then he drove the scatmobile to my house and *ejaculated on the seat I was in*! It was amazing. But surprisingly, after I woke up the next morning, my bank account had $50 in it! Can you believe it?

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8125571)

rgjhrglrlghrlghrlh

Demolition Man (1)

YankeeInExile (577704) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125589)

Another (awful) movie with graffiti robots.

WRONG! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8126063)

The walls had built-in grafitti removing sprinklerish zappers.

hi (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8125591)

hi

I saw this (3, Informative)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125601)

Many moons ago (at least a couple of years I think) on the discovery channel, or similar. But they were showing it off as an abstract artist. I think the idea behind that is any monkey can construct a robot to "trace" a digital image. It would just be an oversized printer.

Dup! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8125602)

This was covered months ago.

Wow (4, Funny)

flewp (458359) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125603)

Hektor really needs to learn some can control. Look at that drip!

He also lacks style, but at least it's not just giant bubble letters.

Re:Wow (4, Informative)

dAzED1 (33635) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125638)

I know you're just being silly, but it looked to me like the can was very controlled. There were fine details that lacked any drip. The drip that did exist looked pretty intentional.

Look over the pictures again. Any picture that shows drip will show plenty of areas with none. There are also other pictures with no drip at all.

Re:Wow (4, Funny)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125740)

"Hektor really needs to learn some can control. Look at that drip!"

There are a lot of women out there who just don't understand how challenging that really is.

Drip is IN (1)

SPYvSPY (166790) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125744)

In case you don't follow these things.

Re:Drip is IN (0)

Dr Caleb (121505) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125948)

Guess it's a natural progression from wearing pants around you knees.

Taggers SUCK (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8125753)

Taggers SUCK.

It's ugly, it's destructive, and it sure ain't art.

You might as well just smear a public place with your own feces. Same effect.

Re:Taggers SUCK (0)

darth_MALL (657218) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125787)

Don't hold back from saying what you really think...

Re:Taggers SUCK (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8125835)

You might as well just smear a public place with your own feces.

So you're the one! Ooo, I'm gonna get you...

Re:Taggers SUCK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8125879)

You know nothing.

Ohhh, so you're a tagger then, huh? (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8125989)

oooooo, what's the matter kiddie? Don't like me trashing your precious, media-manufactured world-view?

Tagging isn't "cool". It's not "hip", "extreme", "3l3373", or any other bullshit. It's pure and simple vandalism.

You rank amongst people who litter and piss on the sidewalk.

Nobody admires your "mad tagging sKiLLz" except your own tiny, pathetic clique of mouthbreathing feces-smearers. The rest of the world properly sees you as just another form of vermin, and your "artwork" is greeted with the same enthusiasm as a fresh, steaming rat turd in one's oatmeal.

You have as much claim to "artwork" as a pigeon does to a rain-streaked pile of pigeon droppings on the top of a statue. Same asthetic.

Here's a clue: humanity grew out of marking our territory with ugly messes about 3 million years ago. How about growing the fuck up and joining the rest of us in civilization?

Re:Taggers SUCK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8125893)

Contemporary architecture, or lack thereof SUCKS !

You notice you never see "great buildings" graffittooed. It's always some godawful concrete and sheetmetal monstrosity like a Walmart.

True, graffitti artists are basically animals marking their territory, but they're instinctually responding to the drab sameness of our brutalitarian urban landscape driven by the all mighty bottom line.

Re:Taggers SUCK (0)

CaptainMurphy (731642) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125945)

its ugly-
thats your opinion, while stupid, its your own

its destructive-
it can be, but not always, says somebody puts graffiti up in a museum, is it destructive then? i don't think so

it ain't art-
who defines what art is? isn't it just expression? who gives you the right to say one person's expression is art and another's isn't?

Re:Taggers SUCK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8126001)

experts define what art is, or at least what good art is. what is math? once again, consult the experts. what qualifies as a good journal article in biochemistry. it's not the lay people deciding is it? art's the same, there is an objective truth to what is good or not, and it is defined by those who know the most about it. if you think different, you're blinding yourself. now fuck off.

Re:Taggers SUCK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8126032)

It's not art when you deface somebody else's property.

It's not art when you assault some poor innocent rock, tree, phonebooth, sign, or whatever vertical surface stands still long enough to serve as a target for flung feces.

If you want to build your own goddamn wall and spray paint it, knock yourself out - but there is NO justification for defacing property you do not own.

Well hes gone.. (0, Funny)

willie3204 (444890) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125607)

Hektor is probably on the way to graffiti /. for taking his site down..

15MBLink (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8125608)

on front page. The Hektor.ch server is wiping tears right now!

Re:15MBLink (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8125635)

Those aren't tears, they're melted motherboard components.

Not really... (1)

klocwerk (48514) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125853)

I'm grabbing it with 60 comments already, and I'm getting 182 KB/s

OK, that's pretty damn cool... (4, Insightful)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125612)

Simple, elegant and with the right planning and execution some pretty decent murals could be done. I think there's a real market for it, even for commercial advertising. Give something like this more colors and even graphitti artists will begin to wonder why they put up with the freezing cold, cops, etc. when they could just hook up one of these and lurk in the shadows until it's done. No more lugging around twenty cans of spraypaint.

Re:OK, that's pretty damn cool... (5, Funny)

m3djack (613125) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125762)

and even graphitti artists will begin to wonder why they put up with the freezing cold, cops, etc. when they could just hook up one of these and lurk in the shadows until it's done. No more lugging around twenty cans of spraypaint.

Right, now they just have to lug around twenty cans of spraypaint, one hundred feet of rope, a level, a ladder, something to attach the rope to the side of the building with, a laptop, data cable, and a robot.

Then, if the cops haven't come after someone complained of the racket of ladders hitting the sides of buildings and boltguns bolting the rope onto the side of a brick building, they may do all the lurking in the shadows they wish while the robot spends a half an hour drawing a landscape.

Re:OK, that's pretty damn cool... (3, Insightful)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#8126049)

Right, now they just have to lug around twenty cans of spraypaint, one hundred feet of rope, a level, a ladder, something to attach the rope to the side of the building with, a laptop, data cable, and a robot.

While you were typing this cynical view, I was considering what I'd have to do to pull off something. What modifications/enhancements I'd need to go 4 color, how to get away from paint cans. A bit of engineering and a decent exercise, but I think it could be done. Honestly, it's already been done, but not portably, afaik, for a small unit. I'm just curious how much propellant would be needed to spray like an airbrush. If CO2 could be used, how much would be needed, how to keep it from freezing up, etc.

More practical applications keep occuring to me as I think about it. Why not make these or lease them out to do painting in difficult or hazardous locations (i.e. underside of bridges.) Looking for a new way to make a living? Seems like opportunity for some bright minds to pool and do this commercially.

After the last time I put up with the aggrevation of using a Wagner Powerpainter to stain the side of a house, this seems like a dream come true. Just screw in a couple hooks and set something like this up to do most of the work.

Re:OK, that's pretty damn cool... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8125840)

!!!!!!

no offense, but how fucking removed from actual human society can you get?
let's not forget -
a) the enjoyment of actually making art with your own two hands
b) that your average tagger doesn't have a couple of grand lying around to build a robot
c) that your sure to get loads of respect on the street from your daring pressing of a button on a machine (not)

i mean ffs, why have sex when you could just have it all taken care of with a few test tubes.
no more having to pay for dinner/movies right?

please do yourself a favor and actually go outside today, believe it or not there's a whole world out there

Hooray (5, Interesting)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125615)

A variation of an XY plotter, hanging from cables, gravity pulls it in the Y direction.

A friend and I did something practically identical years ago for a tech shop project in high school, though we werent allowed to use spraypaint, so we had it draw on walls with magic markers, like a giant hanging etch-a-sketch. Worked pretty well, and really wasnt that complicated to build (QBasic "driver" software included)

another possibility (1)

Nathan Brazil (13299) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125616)

Geeky... lazy... or perfectionist. Look at those serifs!

couldn't resist... (5, Funny)

webtre (717698) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125620)

I think this story is a dupe. Didn't they send two of these to Mars?

slashdotted already (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8125622)

"Hektor.ch hasphotos, information (pdf), and a movie (15 Mb) of it in action."
not anymore it doesnt

Can he draw goatse? (-1, Troll)

anonymous coword (615639) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125623)

Since goatse.cx is dead, I am longing to see him again, so if Hektor can draw him, He will be loved by all here at Slashdot.

Funny or troll, depending on your tastes.

Re:Can he draw goatse? (-1)

frogsarefriendly (723785) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125963)

Mmmm, goatse and taste in the same post.

Kind of neat, but not new. (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125627)

It looks like it's basically a large plotter. This is the simplest form of printer, except that pens or wax is traditionally used instead of spray cans.

Re:Kind of neat, but not new. (1)

queen of everything (695105) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125747)

And most plotters plot in multiple colors, this appears to just use 1. It seems like this would take a long time if you wanted to do something in more than 1 color. What would you use this for?

Re:Kind of neat, but not new. (1)

ikkonoishi (674762) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125804)

You could do with multible attempts.
Do all the blue, pop out the can, put in red, do the red part, pop out the can, put in the green can, ect...

Re:Kind of neat, but not new. (1)

queen of everything (695105) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125950)

Right, but that would take a really, really long time...

Bleah.. (2, Funny)

JayPee (4090) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125640)

Whatever.. until he goes all-city, he gets no respect. I'd also like to see him hit freights. As soon as he got set up, ZOOOM. Away goes the train, with Hektor hanging on for dear life..

Quick, take down the post! (1)

SilverGiant (687839) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125641)

.

Now you people at the JPL [nasa.gov] , don't go getting any ideas from this...

Re:Quick, take down the post! (2, Funny)

happyfrogcow (708359) | more than 10 years ago | (#8126078)

"all your mars are belong to us" tagged across the red planet?

rule.

You'd think... (1)

Keitero-sama (744584) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125644)

... with all that time spent on inventing that robot and getting it to work, they could have tagged so many things.... not that I am promoting tagging....

Just a matter of time... (2, Funny)

ArmenTanzarian (210418) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125646)

before this starts popping up everywhere:
h3k70R iZ 7H3 L337357!!1

Art? (4, Interesting)

s0l0m0n (224000) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125650)

Where's the art? I'm sure that there are lots of people who would argue that graffiti is not art, but I feel that it's a valid form of subversive social commentary.

Most of the Graffiti kids I have known tag for a bunch of reasons..

Reasons like the art of it (I've seen some fantastic tags), but mostly the challenge of getting to a spot where you have time to throw a good tag. I mean, half of what people graffiti is their own name, or TAG, mostly on the biggest, most difficult thing to get to that they can find.

It's about the art, and about the challenge. Using a robot seems like mere automated vandalism.

Re:Art? (2, Funny)

shaka999 (335100) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125689)

"Using a robot seems like mere automated vandalism"

As opposed to good old fashioned manual vandalism? Yeah, there is a lot of art and challenge in putting up a gang name on every friggin corner.

Re:Art? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8125903)

wow, you're a dumbass

way to generalize, stereotype and hate what you don't understand

plenty of taggers are both better technical artists than you will ever even dream of being, and also have nothing to do with gangs at all

for such an 'educated' site, /. has some of the most blatant reactionary tunnel vision to be found on the planet

Re:Art? (1)

s0l0m0n (224000) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125924)

It's not always like that.

Most of the people I've known who have done graffiti weren't gang members, and if you know what you are looking at, you can tell the difference.

I don't really want to condone graffiti, but I've been pretty impressed by some of it.

Art? (1)

SPYvSPY (166790) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125789)

Before we get into a discussion about whether or not this is 'art', please provide us with your definition of 'art'....

Re:Art? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8126042)

that which expert art critics call art.

Re:Art? (1)

jbrader (697703) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125790)

I think that's a little like saying an Ansel Adams isn't art because the camera did all the work.

Re:Art? Sadly, no... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8125887)

Most of the Graffiti kids I have known tag for a bunch of reasons...

They tag for the same reason (and the same mentality) as a dog peeing on fire hydrants. To mark "their" territory.

Re:Art? (2, Insightful)

Mateito (746185) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125937)

> Where's the art?

In response to another followup - Art (like beauty) is in the eye of the beholder.

There are peeps who say that all graffiti is vandalism, and others that all graffiti is art.

Like any good fence sitter: I've seen some amazing renditions done with spray cans over "public" walls. These to me are art. Amazing use of colour, form. Many with a social message.

"Tagging", which if interpret it correctly, means basically signing your name on every exposed surface you can find, to me is vandalism. I've seen "taggers" scrawl stupid looking black squiggles that even a demented three year-old wouldn't bother producing scrawled on such creative places such as the sides of trains, bus-shelters and toilet doors.

My pet hate is when they paint right over the top of more elaborate and creative works. Its almost as if "I couldn't do something like that, so I'm going to fuck it up".

There is middle ground, but most graffiti I've seen falls into one of these two camps.

Re:Art? (2, Interesting)

centralizati0n (714381) | more than 10 years ago | (#8126002)

Who said they would be doing it to vandalize? I'm sure that some company would want these people to do something like the Che art, except in their company logo or something similar. Obviously, the driver system they are using (check out the fonts) is advanced enough that they can create almost anything in B&W that they want.

Re:Art? (1)

quietlysubversive (132179) | more than 10 years ago | (#8126016)

You don't think it was challenging to develop this automated system?

Re:Art? (2, Interesting)

warpedrive (532727) | more than 10 years ago | (#8126029)

Graffiti tagging is not art. It's someone who damages the works of engineers, city planners, other muralists and artists. In as far as I can see it's a far cry between making a building, a train, or a bus stop, and 'signing' your name on it.. Just because you don't put the effort in to do something really constructive, doesn't mean that writing your name on everything you see makes you creative.

It's somewhat equivalent to scrawling you name over top of a Renoir, and saying you've created a new work of art. It's obvious you haven't - you've simply defaced another's work.

It's a tool, not an artist. (1)

b00m3rang (682108) | more than 10 years ago | (#8126075)

And I'm sorry, but if you don't think graffiti is a valid art form, you're a fucking idiot. I was going to find you some examples online, but I'm not going to waste my time.

There's a difference between tagging and graffiti or aerosol art. If you're unable to make that distinction, I feel sorry for you.

Billboard Appliations? (5, Insightful)

danaan (728990) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125653)

This just makes me wonder why similar technology hasn't been used for the giant advertisements that cover the entire side of buildings. From what I've seen, these are all done by living human artists, who do a remarkable job in most cases. But it would seem very realistic, and I'd think cheaper to use some kind of robotic painter that could replicate art on anything. Have I just missed the news, or is it Clear Channel holding back the progress of technology?

Re:Billboard Appliations? (1)

jbrader (697703) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125757)

Exactly what I was going to say. And if one were to replac Hector's rattle can with a real spray rig (or with 3 if you want color) it would be no sweat to implement world class murals very quickly and easily.

Uh.. (0, Redundant)

Pingular (670773) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125660)

Quite old [newz.dk] .

This has been posted on /. before (5, Informative)

bat2k (202393) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125665)

Here's the old post. [slashdot.org]

so? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8125670)

I'd rather have a realdoll.


Timothy, I know girls disgust you, but you can now get male and transexual Real Dolls.


Maybe slashdot readers should pool our money and buy timmy one? Hey, he might be too busy to post this shit on slashdot!

Just what every city needs (4, Funny)

Progman3K (515744) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125674)

As if those no-talent taggers aren't enough, now we can look forward to them automating the process.

Proof-positive tagging isn't art.

*puts on flame retardant underpants*

Been there, done that. (3, Funny)

L. VeGas (580015) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125675)

We already have robots that make bad art. They're called "network executives".

Name change request (2, Funny)

ByteSlicer (735276) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125680)

I propose we rename it from Hector into Turk 182 2nd Edition...

Mac OS X (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8125694)

It thought Mac OS X was supposed to be the most intuitive interface.

How come when single-clicking on one image file, 7 pop up? [hektor.ch]

Still got nothin' on Ol' Bender (1)

LeiGong (621856) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125706)

A graffiti robot is cool...but it just doesn't have the attitude of a bending robot! Let me know when this thing can drink booz, pick up hookers, pimp and crush humans all before 11am. Maybe then I'll be impressed.

Bender: Hmm, looks like my antenna's in the wrong place... let me just adjust it...
Fry: Bender, no! You'll make baby jesus cry!

Are they mad?! (5, Funny)

DarkHand (608301) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125707)

A direct link to a 15MB .mov file on the front page of slashdot? Does someone REALLY not like the people who run that server or something?

Re:Are they mad?! (1)

iamthemoog (410374) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125980)

Nah - it's only 15Mb according to the story.... 8 times less.... Their movie server's still on fire though.

Nice pictures, but not sure I'm particularly keen on their multiple popup stuff.

I wonder how the system copes if there's a gale blowing & you're trying to graffiti a motorway bridge...

I'd be more impressed... (1)

SkArcher (676201) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125711)

...if it could do this [exploitationnow.com] .

as it is... it's impressive, but it isn't the graffiti 'Birth of Venus'

This thing is really quite an engineering feat (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8125749)

I saw this yesterday on Gizmodo, and was tremendously impressed with not only the quality of workmanship, but also the terrific software design - these guys created a custom program to take input from Adobe Illustrator, and create paths upon which Hektor can travel easily. See Scriptographer.com [scriptographer.com] for the plugin. Really tremendous product, and the results are amazing (check out the portrait of Che Guevara in the PDF!)

Danger Will Robinson, Danger! Annoying Javascript (5, Funny)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125750)

photos

Yeah, a nice bit of javascript that opens over a half dozen windows in rapid-fire order, ordered a CD from Amazon using my account, sent a flaming email to GWB, redirected me to the goat-whatever guy, played the Dean Scream, and then crashed Mozilla. Well, ok, only the bit about opening up a bunch of photos.

[RANT]Folks- popup windoid things as part of your website are like talking appliances. Every so often, designers get it in their heads that it's a Hot Idea, and then everyone drags them out into the street and demonstrates how the current generation of designers got their new jobs. If I want to open something on your site in a new window, I'll goddamn hold down the modifier key and THEN click the link, thanks much.[/RANT]

Yay! (1)

Zebedeu (739988) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125765)

Mayors all over the world rejoice!

How is this "graffiti"? (1)

cubyrop (647235) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125767)


This is a printer/plotter. Moves on wires. Makes marks. Hooray.

Re:How is this "graffiti"? (1)

Fishstick (150821) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125979)

apparently, spraypaint on wall == graffiti

I thought the same thing when I looked at the pictures.

I suppose it's all in what you program this plotter to draw and where you set it up to draw that would make it 'graffiti'.


n. pl. graffiti (-t) [reference.com]
A drawing or inscription made on a wall or other surface, usually so as to be seen by the public. Often used in the plural.


From the summary, I was half-expecting this to be some robotic arm deal, but this implementation to hang it from wires on the surface of the wall seems kind of interesting.

Could you really use a system like this to tag a subway train? Probably not.

Dang (2, Funny)

MattTC (45020) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125782)

I was hoping for a robot that would enter data into my Palm Pilot for me.

Super large ink-jet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8125783)

Who ever said it beforeis right, it's just a really big printer, but what they don't tell you is that it's priced way below manufactuing value. However, replacment spray cans are $40 and only approved company made spay cans should be used, that's were they get ya.

Robot (2, Interesting)

Rupert (28001) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125784)

Definitions of robot vary, of course, but I feel that something that has to be attached by a human to the object on which it works does not meet mine.

A real graffiti robot would have suckers, or crampons, or a big extending ladder, not rely on someone else placing pulleys for it.

short circuit (1)

crumshot (746676) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125786)

how rad would that be if johnny five could have done this?

That ain't no taggin' robot!!! (1)

gothrus (706341) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125803)

Now this is a taggin' robot!!!

Check out the GraffitiWriter at Applied Autonomy [appliedautonomy.com] .

Cool (1)

Mr_Silver (213637) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125813)

This is very cool, however I don't understand why the paint can appears to "hover" around the start point for drawing.

Had I written the algorithm, I would have just made it move directly to the point and then start drawing - but this looks like it goes to the start point, waves around the immediate area for a bit and then starts.

(Answer may be in PDF, I can't open it though)

Re:Cool (1)

DarkHand (608301) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125947)

If you watch the 'robot' throughout the entire video, it seems to be very particular about getting the can moving in the right direction before it stats spraying. Almost att the sprays, for whatever reason, seem to go from lower right to upper left. The 'hovering' is the robot positioning the can for the proper spray direction. As to WHY the robot sprays like that, I have no idea. :)

holy pop ups batman! (5, Informative)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125820)

if you click on the jpg link... consider yourself warned

It's all about Scalability! (2, Interesting)

Flat Feet Pete (87786) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125832)

OK, so one guy can paint a shed, but to paint the side of a tower block, you need scaffolds or a lift and time. Lots of money.

With this thing you just need a longer piece of rope and two mount points. Bigger building? longer rope. Switch the paint nozzle by radio. Even bigger building, just a longer rope.

Re:It's all about Scalability! (2, Informative)

MrAngryForNoReason (711935) | more than 10 years ago | (#8126058)

Even bigger building, just a longer rope

This would work up to a point, but it wouldn't scale well for big structures. Rope stretches, even static ropes not designed for climbing still stretch a little. The longer the rope gets the heavier it is so the more it stretches. Unless you account for this when working out the position of the sprayer your pictures are going to be distorted.

You might be able to solve it using steel cables instead of rope which would stop the stretching problem but you might have trouble with their stiffness.

Soviet Russia (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8125836)

"Apparently it is for the extremely geeky (or perhaps extremely lazy) tagger. Hektor.ch has photos, information (pdf), and a movie (15 Mb) of it in action."

In Soviet Russia it's the robots that have info on you!

Cleanbots too (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125872)

First they should be forced to build a graffity-cleaning bot. Many find graffity ugly and that it lowers property resale values.

Mirror (5, Informative)

ripleymj (660610) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125880)

Video available here [jmu.edu]

PDF available here [jmu.edu]

MPH = Mobile Print Head (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8125906)

In the mid 80's a geeky friend and I came up with a project called MPH.. The Mobile Print Head.

This was essentially a larger version of a dot matrix print head.. Mounted under a vehicle, it could spray text on a road using a series of spray nozzles controlled by simple electric air valves.

A small wheel with a sensor follows along the ground and provides data on vehicle speed.

We always thought it would be very interesting to build and use... Especially for good social change.. BUT... We just weren't the sort of people who go around spraying graffiti. So we never built it.

(and yes, we definitely were capable of building it and writing the driver software).

Impressive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8125916)

I can't remember the last time we had a server come by that could put out 500 kB/sec under a slashdot.

Apparently... (1)

Tokerat (150341) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125971)


...the picture the robot draws in the video is a self-portrait of the peanut gallery who kept commenting throughout the entire movie.

<rimshot> Be sure to tip your waitress, I'll be here all week!
*duck and cover*

I saw something similar, yet different (1)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 10 years ago | (#8125997)

once i think it was in Adbuster

basically, someone had modified a R/C car to hold a rack of spray paint cans and some additional hardware, to form a kind of dot matrix printer which was used to paint slogans on the pavement.

i also vaguely remember something about some people doing the same thing on a larger scale, using a passenger van and painting long messages on road surfaces.

extremely lazy tagger (1)

sulli (195030) | more than 10 years ago | (#8126022)

since when are taggers not lazy?

It is possible he uses Macs (1)

Kplusplus (617856) | more than 10 years ago | (#8126053)

From visiting the site, I'm gonna go out on a limg here and say this guy uses a mac. Im just guessing tho.

Dupe! (1)

phillymjs (234426) | more than 10 years ago | (#8126059)

Already covered on July 7th, 2003. [slashdot.org]

If you didn't see it then, the BBC News story linked in the July posting still works.

~Philly
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