Digital Airbrush: Physical Rendering with a Digital Tool


Credits: Roy Shilkrot, Pattie Maes, Joe Paradiso and Amit Zoran

The augmented airbrush allows novices to experience the art of spray painting. Inspired by the thriving field of smart tools, our handheld device uses 6DOF tracking; augmentation of the airbrush trigger; and a specialized algorithm to restrict the application of paint to a preselected reference image. The device acts both as a physical spraying device and as an intelligent assistive tool, providing simultaneous manual and computerized control. Unlike prior art, here the virtual simulation guides the physical rendering (inverse rendering), allowing for a new spray painting experience with singular physical results. We present our novel hardware design, control software, and a user study that verifies our research objectives.


Shilkrot, Roy., Pattie Maes, Joseph A. Paradiso and Amit Zoran. “Augmented Airbrush for Computer Aided Painting (CAP).” ACM Trans. Graph. (TOG) 34, 2, Article 19, March 2015 (TOG). PDF

Shilkrot, Pattie Maes and Amit Zoran. 2014. “Physical Rendering with a Digital Airbrush.” In ACM SIGGRAPH 2014 Emerging     

Technologies (SIGGRAPH '14). ACM, New York, NY, USA.

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