Giant Robotic Spray Printer
Aug. 10 2017. The full paper by Claire Voon in Hyperallergic
Towering over the eastern Estonian city of Tartu is a lean chimney stack that
features a 98-foot-tall mural of a girl holding a potted plant in her cupped
hands. The image required 14 hours of labor and 40 cans of spray paint but zero
manpower: it was rendered by a little robot that scuttled across the chimney’s
surface with five cans of paint on its back — a device its inventors hope
will revolutionize the mural industry.
The robot was invented by Mikhel Joala, co-founder of SprayPrinter, a tech company focused on redesigning traditional methods of spray-painting. Previously, it released its namesake devise, a handheld printer that connects to your phone via bluetooth to let you spray-paint a digital image onto a wall, pixel by pixel.