Pankraz Piktograph - Unconventional Photo Booth That Draws Your Portrait
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Pankraz Piktograph designed by Felix Fisgus is an unconventional photo booth that draws your portrait. While doing so it uses automated robotics to translate photographs into portrait sketches.

People love photo strip souvenirs to take back home, they can later enjoy them while having coffee in the morning or keep them for years to follow. The latest photo booth is inspired by Maillardet’s automaton from the 1800s, it did not use flash to capture smiles and funny faces. Though this one incorporated robotics to perform automatic sketches of people standing before the machine. 

The gadget is the product of the collaboration between Felix Fisgus, a design studio, and Joris Wegner, multimedia artist, and product designer. The team has managed to design their own robotic automated sketch booth called Pankraz Piktograph, a self-contained portrait-drawing robot.Pankraz Piktograph - Unconventional Photo Booth That Draws Your Portrait-1The latest device is able to create portraits of bystanders at events like science exhibits, trade fairs, and museums for them to bring home. Simply press a button on the handheld remote, the Pankraz Piktograph snaps photographic portraits of its users that later transform into a delicate pencil sketchPankraz Piktograph - Unconventional Photo Booth That Draws Your Portrait-2

After the photograph is taken, it is translated into a vector representation, this is later transformed into a drawing by the automated robot styluses. The Pankraz Piktograph is equipped with the technical makeup to master various drawing styles. Users can choose from the various styles on offer i.e., have their photograph drawn with fast minimalist styles to more intricate, or abstract renderings.Pankraz Piktograph - Unconventional Photo Booth That Draws Your Portrait-3The Pankraz Piktograph is powered by a Raspberry Pi 3 to draw on the 3.5” display canvas. The integrated technology allows you to generate vector-based graphics from photographs. This helps to increase its contrast to capture the essence and edges of each photograph, leaving out the softer details to prioritize the image’s harsher lines.

According to Wegner,  “Each arm is moved by a stepper motor via a one-to-five pulley transmission. This helps to increase the torque as well as the resolution of the movements. We decided to go for an open control loop, thus light barrier sensors at each shoulder joint are used for calibration and determining absolute positions of the arms.”Pankraz Piktograph - Unconventional Photo Booth That Draws Your Portrait-4The Pankraz Piktograph is able to capture the finest details of each photograph’s distinct features – from moles to dimples, thanks to the way it is constructed to capture accurate movements. Each of its moving arms is attached with spring-loaded pens set into motion with a servo motor just enough contact with the paper and keep the pen swift to capture slight irregularities in each photograph.

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