Samsung's robot drawing arm made me look like spaghetti

A robot drew my face on a Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Something went terribly wrong.

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"You look like spaghetti," my colleague said when he saw the render of my face that a robotic arm drew onto a Galaxy Note 7 phone at Samsung's launch event earlier this week.

Samsung used the mechanized arm to show off what its Note 7 and S Pen stylus can do. In 2012, the company hired cartoonists to draw caricatures on the original Galaxy Note. Now it's graduated to robotics. The demo staff snapped a photo, which a program then translated into a set of instructions for the robot to follow. S Pen gripped in clawed hand, the robot arm carefully scratched away at the screen for roughly 6 minutes, until I had one inky eye and a scar curlicued on my forehead and noseless face.

I watched as my likeness emerged, squiggle by squiggle. The drawing looked promising at first, but then it became clear that flowers and curls flummoxed the program, which comically forgot to give me a nose and scribbled back across my face for good measure.

Don't get me wrong; the robotic drawing demo is all in good fun, and the Note 7's app for drawing, writing and painting builds off years of Note phones. From what I've experienced so far, it's pretty good. But when I do start testing the phone's writing and drawing skills in earnest, you'd better believe I'm using real human hands. Sorry, Mr. Robot.


This fun demo went comically wrong. Jessica is not impressed.

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