My daughter and I have been working on this project for a few years. I work on the algorithms and she designs them to make sure that they have some personality. Our desire has been to use this robots to expose children at an early age to science and technology in a fun and entertaining manner. We created the artist-bots having children in mind, they are built using children toys (LEGO parts) and they perform tasks that children can relate to (drawing, painting). Having said that, these robots are very capable and use complex positioning and control algorithms, yet they are presented in a simple manner within reach to the unrestrained mind of a child. Our hope is that these robots motivate children to learn science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). As for the adults, many of them love these robots too :). The robot’s name is Billy (My 8 year old son names my robots) and draws without user intervention. We wrote the algorithms in C and C++, and we have been sharing the details of how to do this as well as source code examples in our web site at

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