Estonian app uses custom spray paint nozzle and smartphone camera to recreate images on any surface. Roselle Chen reports.
This new painting tool allows users to reproduce artwork on any surface, including walls, cars, surfboards and furniture. SprayPrinter inventor Richard Murutar combined a car engine, gaming console, and a smart phone app to make it. SOUNDBITE (English) SPRAYPRINTER CEO, RICHARD MURUTAR, SAYING: "Technically what we have done is, your smartphone sends the image that you want to print to the printer one layer at the time. Each layer has its own regions where it has to paint. The printer itself has the image, the smartphone sends the coordinates to the printer, and the printer decides whether to execute paint or not." Behind Murutar, an artist prints a reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci's self portrait on a wall at Tallinn Airport. Developers say this technology won't take away work from artists, because it only uses artwork that's already been created by someone else. SOUNDBITE (English) SPRAYPRINTER CEO, RICHARD MURUTAR, SAYING: "When we first started this project I was mostly intrigued by the fact that my completely talentless hand can actually execute some beautiful design to a wall. Today I have done it, I have actually drawn some very beautiful images with Sprayprinter and I still cannot draw at all. So, this gives people a new power, power to express themselves." SprayPrinter is currently in a new funding round before starting production. A single SprayPrinter kit will likely cost around 200 euros, with a can of water-based spray paint for indoor use priced between 5 and 10 euros. 52 colors are available. Its makers are planning to paint a 10 by 10 meter image of Albert Einstein's portrait on a wall in Estonia's second largest city Tartu.