I ran across a really wonderful LEGO Mindstorms creation featured at the Brothers-Brick the other day. It was so impressive that I just had to share it with you. Meet LEGONARDO, the LEGO Mindstorms humanoid that can draw pictures – all by itself! 😛
LEGONARDO was created by Danielle Benedettelli, an Italian LEGO Mindstorms fan and robotics engineer. Danielle says the following about LEGONARDO on his website: “Ladies and gentlemen, here is LEGONARDO, a portrayer robot. It is my fourth generation drawing machine. It is inspired by the work of 18th Century Swiss watch and automata makers Pierre Jacquet-Droz and Henri Maillardet. After reading the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, I completely redesigned my portrayer into this shape. The name is a tribute to Leonardo Da Vinci, Italian artist and inventor. The drawings are generated by a custom software I wrote, similar to the one used for my first portrayer robot.”
LEGONARDO himself is an impressive LEGO creation, but the fact that he can draw makes him totally awesome! Below is a video showing LEGOLARDO deeply absorbed in his artistic work. I can’t imagine the amount of designing and programming that went into this guy!
Cool, isn’t it? What do you think? How do you like LEGONARDO? And what do you think he should draw next? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below! 😉
If you are interested in LEGO Mindstorms you can also check out the LEGO Mindstorms website for more info, and the current selection of LEGO Mindstorms products at the Online LEGO Shop. And you might also like to read about the next generation of LEGO Mindstorms kit coming out soon: A New Generation of LEGO Mindstorms!