This child is about to have a mask
painted on his face by a robot.
(Face obscured for legal reasons.)
The University of Michigan is testing a robotic arm that can alter a human face. This "robotic face painter" is built from a Kuka KR100 HA L90 industrial arm. The participant's body is strapped down so he or she does not move, which could cause injuries if the face moves too close to the robot.
Sensors map the face's contours and the robot "paints" the face using brushes. The team from Taubman College of Arts and Architecture is trying to increase the machine's accuracy so that realistic looking masks of a human face can be painted over an existing face.
Right now, the brushes are crude, but the team
envisions future applications using liquid latex
that can create an entirely new face realistic
enough to fool experts at close range.
Read the comment section for more information directly from the design team.
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