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Copenhagen Comics – CC9X: The World’s Most Advanced Portrait Robot

Copenhagen Comics, a biannual comics festival with cartoonists, publishers, speakers, vendors, wokshops, and comics fans, wanted a “robot” that could somehow draw at the request of the festival’s guests (with the actual drawing done by hidden cartoonists).

Our proposal was the CC9X – The World’s Most Advanced Portrait Robot. Step inside, look into the glowing lens, wait for a few minutes, and out comes a drawing of you.

The choice of portraits as the robot’s output solved essential practical problems: How to input requests, how to communicate what guest’s drawing was being made at the moment, when it was time for the next in line, etc. Modelled on a classic photo booth, this also gave the interesting experience of a – potentially introspective – moment alone in a crowded hall.

Built in black MDF. CNC-cut, hand painted lettering. Webcam, a large lens, some LEDs, an Arduino board, black cloth.

Soundtrack: Anders Lundin. CNC: Cutlab. Thanks to: One of Many Cameras, Pernille Arvedsen, Dan Raeder Knudsen, and the volunteers who helped assemble and paint CC9X.

Portraits, but portraits understood in the broadest possible sense.

CNC-cut text on front: “The only portrait robot that draws you as you really are! More than 2.000 built-in artists: From stone age people to surrealists. Electrostatic sensors, 3D telemetry and our 9X processor does what no other machine can: Create art.”

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