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Digital Airbrush: Physical Rendering with a Digital Tool

Updated: Mar 12

With Roy Shilkrot, Pattie Maes, Joe Paradiso, 2014

The augmented airbrush allows novices to experience the art of spray painting. Inspired by the thriving field of smart tools, our handheld device uses 6DOF tracking; augmentation of the airbrush trigger; and a specialized algorithm to restrict the application of paint to a preselected reference image. The device acts both as a physical spraying device and as an intelligent assistive tool, providing simultaneous manual and computerized control. Unlike prior art, here the virtual simulation guides the physical rendering (inverse rendering), allowing for a new spray painting experience with singular physical results. We present our novel hardware design, control software, and a user study that verifies our research objectives.

Research papers

Shilkrot, R., Maes, P., Paradiso, J. A., & Zoran, A. (2015). Augmented Airbrush for Computer Aided Painting (CAP). ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG), 34(2), Article 19.

Shilkrot, R., Maes, P., & Zoran, A. (2014). Physical Rendering with a Digital Airbrush. In ACM SIGGRAPH 2014 Emerging Technologies (SIGGRAPH '14). ACM.


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