Need a scribe? Just have a robot arm write for you

Patrick Barnes

Between typed emails, texts, and tweets, it seems like the entire human species is slowly forgetting how to write by hand. I know I have—look at this chicken scratch. Luckily, as is the case with just about every other task, robots are willing and ready to do the job.

This writing robot won’t just write for you; it’ll also write more clearly and neater than you can. Patrick Barnes put together this particular machine as part of a campaign to petition the Australian Government to help raise funding for research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Patrick says the entire arm stands roughly 14 inches (350 millimeters) tall and it has a reach of about 20 inches (500 millimeters). The hardware that manipulates the arm consists of a series of servos controlled by an Arduino running grbl and a Micro Maestro servo controller.

You can check out the robot arm in action in a short video Patrick shot of it drawing an intricate Hilbert Curve with a felt-tip pen. Patrick’s website also has a few additional images, including some actual printed words the machnie penned.

A few weeks ago, we saw a CNC machine that was modified for calligraphy . We think this robot hand looks decidedly more human, if a bit loud, but at least it has some really neat handwriting.

[Mind Bleach via Hack a Day ]

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