Google robot turns your selfies into line-drawn art
BARCELONA — This year's Mobile World Congress is a huge sea smartphones (yay!), networking gear (meh) and people wearing VR headsets (uh...), but in between all the suited-up business folks and sweaty, stinky reporters was one booth that had something really charming.
At the Android Experiments tent (thankfully, located outdoors), Google brought out developers from its Creative Lab to show off a few of the weirder apps that people can create with Android.
One such experiment was the IOIO. After you take a selfie, the image data is converted into triangulated coordinates for the triangle-shaped robot to plot out on paper. Armed with the plot points, the robot then gets to work drawing your special selfie portrait using its attached ink pen.
Three minutes later, you've got yourself a line-drawn interpretation of your selfie:
It's fun, geeky and I have to admit a little empowering. The whole reason for the Android booth, after all, was to promote how easy it is to work with the software's open-source code and encourage developers to make new things.