|2||Robotic Caricature Artist
| We want to make a robotic “caricature artist” consisting of a 2D pen plotter, made from an end-effector (with a pen), some string, and stepper motors, mounted vertically onto an easel. A computer equipped with a camera would capture our subject, vectorize the image, and pass it to our plotter, which would draw the image onto a piece of paper.
This project can be broken into modules which can be designed (or procured) and tested independently: 1) a software module that uses basic image processing operations to apply a cartoon effect to our image 2) a software module that converts a raster image to a vectorized format 3) a software module that converts a vectorized image to G-code instructions 4) and finally, a 2-D plotter that receives G-code instructions.
This project is appropriate for a senior design project because it combines many aspects of the ECE curriculum such as circuit design, mathematics, and algorithms. This project is unique, because we are combining many concepts into a single product -- there exist 2D pen-plotters and software capable of vectorizing images, but the two have never been combined into a single device that achieves our goal of emulating a human caricature artist.