Roberto Artisto Family

built by Tom Lohre

Target Environment Locomotion Method
Flat paper surface 4 Legs
Sensors / Input Devices Actuators / Output Devices
N/A brush/pen
Control Method Power Source
Autonomous wind-up motor
CPU Type Operating System
None None
Programming Lanuage Weight
None N/A
Time to build Cost to build
several hours $5
URL for more information
Upper Left & Upper Right, Windup Robot Artist I & II
Function: Artists
Specifications: 5.5" H x 3.5" W x 3.5 L & 7" H x 2.5" W x 4.5" L
Parts used: Windup motor, brush, syringe, wire
Problems encountered: Keeping it stable
Time to build: Several Hours
Cost: $5 each
Any other important information: These Robot Artists drag a brush across a piece of paper slowly and with visual pain. Occasionally they would pick the brush up and it made the most amazing abstract works.

Description: Lower Right & Lower Left
Remote Controlled Robot Artist III & IV
Function: Artists
Specifications: 12" x 6.5" x 5"
Parts used: Remote control circuits, motors, batteries, wire, brush
Problems encountered: Keeping it stable
Time to build: Several Days
Cost: $40
Any other important information: My second robot had to be bigger. I needed larger pieces and the little windup artist could only paint for a few inches until it needed to be wound up again. That is when I adapted a remote controlled car into another type of windup painter. This one used the drive motor to power the windup motor's gearbox. The gear box gave me four rotating shafts that operated the four little feet. But adjusting the length of the feet and the crank diameter The gearbox caused the robot to have a struggled walk. The new motorized version was quite a bit heavier and used a automatic loading brush. The process yielded a good operating machine along the lines of the previous windup artist.


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