[Private page for Emirates hack-a-thon proposal] 

Plotter Portraits

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Story from the creator:

 

"A couple of weeks ago I was presenting in East Bay Maker Faire with my friend Al. I was showing off my plotter among other things, taking pictures of by-passers, making their edge-detection-portrait and giving it to them as a gift. At some point, a woman came in, introduced herself as a curator for an art and technology festival called Codame and invited us to come and present our works there.

 

"OK, so we both said yes, and now we're a week from D-day and I decide that presenting the same thing again would be boring, and anyway edge detection is not artistic enough... I had a rough vision in my head about some random scribbles that would make sense when viewed from a distance, but didn't quite have an idea how to achieve that. But at this point I become mildly obsessed with this challenge, as well as mildly stressed by having to present the thing by the end of the week, so I gave up sleep and started trying out my rusty arsenal of computer vision and image processing tools from days long forgotten.

 

"My plotter worked non-stop and I was on a mission to cover an entire wall with its pictures. By the end of two evenings, covered it was! I even gave away some. The reactions where very positive - watching people stand in front of this piece fascinated and smiling joyfully was worth all the hard work. The first time one of them approached me and asked "are you the artist?" I looked behind me to see who he was talking to. "No", I said, "I'm an engineer". But after the tenth time, I just smiled and said "yes" :) .."