This Is the Handwriting Robot I've Always Needed

By Chris Mills on at

Thanks to the number of computers in my childhood (and an unnaturally short attention span), my handwriting has always hovered between awful and indecipherable. So clearly, what I need is a machine to do my writing for me.

Axidraw is a “personal writing and drawing machine” created by Evil Mad Scientist. It can hold anything from a fountain pen to a Sharpie, and using a computer input, draw or write whatever you want on any A4-sized area.

Sure, that sounds suspiciously like a very simplified printer, but it’s smarter than that—you’d never have to smudge another thank-you note, or sign a cheque for that matter.

The Axidraw is primarily powered through free vector program Inkscape, but it’s also fully open-source, so you can write your own applications. Add on a camera so I can tap an area on a document, then add my signature without having to pick up a pen, and suddenly the $450 (£315) asking price really isn’t so bad.

[Evil Mad Scientist via Makezine]