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WaterColorBot 2.0

By: on November 25, 2014

Hey, here's a swell way to convince children with 0 artistic talent that they can be the next Van Gogh. Make sure there are trophies on hand too for when the WaterColorBot completes their first masterpiece for them.

The WaterColorBot is a robotic painter that takes input from vector artwork on a computer, or follows along with real-time sketching, and transfers the design to paper with its brush arm and a set of watercolor paints. It's essentially a combination of a painting printer and a CNC machine. (And, OK, I guess users will need some vision and a few graphics skills to get the Bot to paint more than smiley faces.)

This 2.0 iteration, a collaboration between Evil Mad Scientist and Super Awesome Sylvia, has an aluminum carriage with crossed linear roller bearings and arrives fully assembled for use right out of the box. And if you think watching the WaterColorBot's pair of built-in motors select the appropriate colors from your palette and abracadabra its brush to bring your designs to life on paper will provide even more enrichment and enjoyment than hanging the artwork it creates on the fridge afterward, then we are in agreement.

The WaterColorBot paints with standard watercolors on your choice of paper, so you won't need to buy specific or expensive supplies. It can serve as a specialized pen plotter and draw with pens and pencils as well.

The WaterColorBot 2.0 is a top Dude Gift for a Teen and Gift for Your Girlfriend pick.

Muchas danke to Gizmodo.

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