Robots are taking wall murals to a whole new level

Art and technology meet in unexpected places to create wonderful expressions of humanity.

Perhaps the oldest and most famous example of such a blend of art and technology was Leanardo Da Vinci. One day, he was painting exquisite masterpieces of smiling women, the other, he was inventing thrilling new ways for people to experience the world. From diving suits to flying machines, his unhinged imagination enabled him to envision (and in part create) the future.

Over at D Emptyspace, we’re obsessed with that meeting point. The place where technology and art meet to create something no one thought was possible. Which is why we were so excited to come across the Robots for Humanity community and the Robot Muralist company.

“We are transforming cities, communities, public spaces and homes through the vision of artists.”

Using a wall-crawling robot, they can recreate any artwork, at any scale, on almost any surface. Just take a look at the video below.

This is something that can transform a cityscape in a matter of days.

The technical details of how it works

The robot uses a collection of spray paint cans and a clever algorithm to calculate how the artwork will be scaled on the surface of the wall.

It can spray 1 m² per minute — an incredibly fast application for something that could take weeks to months if hand-painted by an artist.

The robot doesn’t actually come up with its own ‘art’ (although that’s also something these clever folks are working on!). It needs an artists input to transfer the image over. It’s a true collaboration between an artist and technology.

The robot paints much like a traditional printer. It uses small dots of color to make up different colors and details. Each dot is 1cm in diameter. As technology improves and advances, this will probably reduce further making a smoother finish.

Quick side note:This ‘resolution’ translation is something the D Emptyspace team has dealt with at length. When taking an artwork into another medium, be it a digital gallery or gigantic mural, staying true to the original piece is a major concern.

Making the world more beautiful with art

Next up, the Robot Muralist team are partnering with Mindvalley to paint 4 gigantic murals in Pula, Croatia.

They’re on a mission to transform boring, depressing, gray urban spaces into striking points of human expression.

Now that’s something we can get behind!

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New Features: Add and Customize Galleries, Improved Sharing, Featured Galleries

New Features: Add and Customize Galleries, Improved Sharing, Featured Galleries

Photo by You X Ventures on Unsplash

You asked and we listened! Since we launched D Emptyspace about three weeks ago, artists, photographers, and art lovers have sent us dozens of messages.

Two things are clear: You’re excited about D Emptyspace and you want it to be even better.

So this week we’ve rolled out several new updates to the app that address the top three things you asked for: The ability to customize your galleries, improvements to sharing galleries and featured galleries to help you discover new artists.

Add, Delete, and Customize Your Galleries

When D Emptyspace launched, everyone got three galleries with three walls. We got so many emails from people asking for more galleries or different configurations that we knew we had to move this to the top of our to-do list.

Here’s what we’ve changed. New members will get one default gallery (white with 3 walls). You can add two more galleries, for a total of three. You can select the number of walls in your new galleries (3, 5, or 8), along with the color of the space (minimalist white, neutral beige or dramatic dark).

Select the number of walls in your new gallery.
Set the color theme for your new gallery.

Want to delete one of your old galleries and make a new one with a different number of walls or a different color? For now, you’ll find delete button on the gallery statement page. We’ll find a more convenient spot for it soon.

We know that some of you want more than three galleries. Hold tight! We’ll have something for you soon.

Improved Sharing

We thought we had the perfect solution for sharing. Let people take a screenshot of a gallery, automatically generate an invitation link, and let people share it using the phone’s own sharing menu. As it turns out, we created a totally hidden feature that only about 10% of our members found on their own!

With our latest update, we’ve done something radical and added an actual share button!

From any gallery, just tap the statement button to enter the gallery statement page.

You’ll find the share button conveniently located right there!

For fans of the screenshot method of sharing, don’t despair. That one still works too!

Featured Galleries

Randomly finding new artists with the shuffle button or searching for specific usernames are good ways to find new people on D Emptyspace, but what about the artwork that really stands out?

Now, when you tap the search button (magnifying glass) in the tap bar at the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a series of featured galleries curated by our team.

Tap any of them to be amazed. (If you want to see more from the same artist, tap their handle at the top of the screen to visit their profile.)

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Android version coming soon!

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App Talk: How to get more followers on D Emptyspace

App Talk: How to get more followers on D Emptyspace

D Emptyspace Gallery by Veronica Wong

We’re always introducing new features to D Emptyspace to help you grow your following and discover more amazing artists. Along with the most recent update which included 4 new gallery designs and D Space, we’ve added a few extras.

Now you can share your galleries beyond the app with better sharing and screenshots. Plus make your artwork more discoverable by tagging your artist description, gallery description, and individual artwork description.

Share your galleries with anyone and everyone

Share your galleries with anyone on any device even if they don’t have the app installed yet.

Now it’s easier to share your D Emptyspace galleries with friends who don’t have iPhones or haven’t downloaded the app yet. The new sharing page lets people virtually tour your entire gallery — not just a still image — on their internet browser.

The sharing feature works for iPhone, Android, and desktop on all popular internet browsers.

The sharing process is the same as before. You can share via the gallery statement page or via screenshot.

Option 1: Share from the gallery statement page

From inside any gallery, just tap the statement button to enter the gallery statement page.

You’ll find the share icon right next to the comments icon. Tap it to generate a web link that you can share via social media, text, email, airdrop, or any other popular method.

Option 2: Share via screenshot

Click the instagram story below to see how to share via screenshot.

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Option 3: Share on Instagram via Swipeable

If you’d like to share with your followers on Instagram while keeping the interactive gallery feel — you can!

After exporting your gallery screenshot, use an app like Swipeable to create an interactive Intagram post. Below are two examples.

Bonus: Your gallery is no longer limited to your small iPhone screen. Now you can view your art in crystal clear quality (thanks to our smart rendering algorithm) on a large screen of any size.

But remember, you still need an iPhone with the app installed to create galleries, comment on art, follow artists, and more.

Android users — we hear you! Hold tight and stay tuned, a full Android and web app (accessible via any desktop browser) are in development and coming in the next few months!

Hashtags

We’ve added hashtag support to D Emptyspace! Now you can add and search tags on artwork descriptions, gallery summaries, and your profile.

To add a tag to your description, just type the “#” symbol before a word. If you include a space it will be considered as two separate hashtags.

How to search using hashtags

To search using hashtags (also known as ‘tags’), follow these steps:

  1. Bring up the search bar
  2. Type the keyword you want to search (eg. “paint”)
  3. Tap “tags” to switch from searching for “Accounts”
  4. Tap “search” as usual

We hope you enjoy the added functions! Let us know if you have any requests for future updates.

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