Drawing automaton Legonardo is no Da Vinci, but still draws better than you

Francesco Rossi/Benedettelli.com

Daniele Benedettelli isn't new to the idea of making robots that can draw for you. In fact, he isn't new to robots at all—there was an Italian TV special that actually showcased his work. But, we're not here to talk about his Rubik's Cube solving device. We're here to go "Oooh!" about the Legonardo.

Inspired by the work of 18th century Swiss watch and automata creators Pierre Jacquet-Droz and Henri Mailardet, Legonardo is Benedettelli's fourth-generation drawing machine. As for the look of the automaton itself, that was apparently inspired after a reading of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the book that eventually inspired the movie Hugo.).

Comprised of Lego Technic bricks and run by Lego Mindstorms controllers, Legonardo's internal software based in part on Benedetteli's first drawing machine, a nifty little thing from 2008 that was made up of Lego Mindstorms NXT parts and a soft tip pen. Like some real artists, the device deals with the long contours of the image first before adding the fine detail.

[Daniele Benedettelli via Gizmodo]

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