We usually call a robot that can produce images a printer, but e-David is special. Created by a team at the University of Konstanz in Germany, E-David is a painter bot -- not the kind that spray-paints auto parts, but the more artistic variety.
E-David doesn't come up with images on its own, but instead takes a picture of what it wants to copy and takes it from there. It doesn't have to be programmed with directions that tell it how to paint, either; it uses something called "visual optimization" to make its own decisions. After each brush stroke, e-David takes a picture, and its software calculates whether the image needs to be lightened or darkened, and where. … Read more