Product: Robot: Art
Beach printer   (+16)  [vote for, against]
Hovercraft plotter, for drawing on the beach

This is a mini hovercraft, probably electrically powered, with a stylus beneath it that can be raised or lowered on command. An accompanying phone app lets you convert a picture to a black-and-white vector image (basically a line drawing) and set the scale you want to reproduce it at. Once uploaded, the picture is replicated on a suitably sized area of wet sand.

GPS is preferred for positioning; alternatively a pair of beacons, placed on the sand, could define two opposite corners of the print space, allowing the printer to orient itself and to scale the picture.
-- david_scothern, Sep 15 2012

Buddhist Sand Printer Buddhist_20Sand_20Printer
related [csea, Sep 15 2012]

Beach Printer Beach_20Printer
Dot-matrix style [csea, Sep 15 2012]

Sand printer http://www.markuska.../work/solar-sinter/
Solar powered and 3D too. But you can't reuse the sand afterwards... [mitxela, Sep 18 2012]

Potential Beach Printer Customer
This guy needs one desperately! [Canuck, Sep 20 2012]

Technically fascinating, but completely pointless.

We would buy this. [+]

Care would be needed in coding the software so that the craft never crosses its track, thus erasing part of the image.
-- 8th of 7, Sep 15 2012

Just might work. And it would be very, very cool. +
-- blissmiss, Sep 15 2012

Can't you just use your phone to pilot the craft, dropping the beacons by remote control? The machine would retrieve them automatically after finishing the picture.
-- pocmloc, Sep 15 2012

I regret that I have but one bun to bestow.
-- MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 15 2012

-- Voice, Sep 15 2012

There is one overooked weakness in your proposal. Hovercraft, of necessity emit a fearful amount of down draft. This might obliterate any line drawing with the exception of one made in invisible ink. but keep up the good work..... Just had a thought. Have you considered using trained crabs?
-- Lesser Spotted Kiwi, Sep 16 2012

All printer ideas are good. This one is excellent, though quite similar to the Beach Printer +
-- xenzag, Sep 18 2012

You know how a hovercraft works, don't you? And you know what happens to sand when you blow it?

Is there a "too-stupid-for-words" deletion category?
-- DrCurry, Sep 19 2012

Have none of you ever seen a beach with moist sand halfway through an ebb tide? Or do you all live on the shores of the Med (or on Venus) where there are no tides?
-- pocmloc, Sep 19 2012

How come I have never heard of this hilarious Solar Sinter, I love it !
-- PainOCommonSense, Sep 19 2012

Tom Hanks could be the spokesman for the TV ads. (see link)
-- Canuck, Sep 20 2012

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