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Light Drawing Robot


The design of a device that can draw with an LED on photosensitive paper.

The Light Drawing Robot was a project that was initially thought up by Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum, two Dutch artists from Scheveningen. It was inspired by their old Amsterdam Realtime project, which is basically an installastion that keeps track of how people move through a city. This project was created when live GPS-tracking was "new", and is nowadays a bit outdated.

This time, the artists wanted something entirely different. Instead of tracking people, they wanted to track fisher vessels, and instead of live displaying on a screen, they now wanted to "draw" the track with an LED on photosensitive paper of considerable size (1.5*3 meters). This is where we came in.

Our part of the project was to research the options of how to move the LED over the paper. After doing some research we came up with a design that is roughly based on Der Kritzler. Finally, we built a functioning prototype using laser cut parts and an Arduino. Check out the video below.