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Pocket-Sized Drawing Robot Costs Less Than $70

Machines should’ve democratized art a long time ago. Take plotters, which let even the most ham-fisted draftsman whip off complicated, high-quality drawings faster than I can sketch a stick figure. Two problems: Plotters are big and way too expensive for your average doodler.

Enter London-based Diatom Studio, which has developed Piccolo, a plastic drawing robot that fits in your pocket and costs less than a set of oil paints.

Here’s what they say on their website:

For under $70, you will be able to assemble your personal Arduino-compatible kit for tinkering, and playing with basic CNC output. Be it plotting a quick graffiti, printing a one-off business card on the fly, or multiple Piccolos working together to create a large mural, this kit provides a platform for experimenting with 2-D or 3-D digital fabrication at a small scale.

One drawback: Piccolo generates art that’s only about the size of a sticky note, the designers tell us. So if your dream is to auto-paint the next Wedding at Cana, tough luck. The device is better suited to small sketches and simple pattern making. I guess who needs Veronese when you’ve got mustache power strips?!

Piccolo is still a prototype. For updates on availability, go here.

[Images courtesy of Diatom Studio]