Scribit: the drawing robot providing in-home entertainment in a post-pandemic world

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Millions of people are forced to stay at home amid the lockdown and social distancing situation which has gripped the whole world. It is in response to the coronavirus pandemic induced boredom withing homes that Scribit has launched brand new content to help break the monotony. 

The world’s first write and erase robot Scribit allows users to draw and write on any wall surface. It was named by Time Magazine as one of the best inventions of 2019. Brand new content has been launched in order to keep people entertained in their own homes while lockdown and social distancing restrictions remain in place across the globe. 

It goes by the name Scribit Originals and includes a sketch and guess game that has been put into existence in collaboration with the creator of Pictionary, Robert Angel and Sudoku, and labyrinth puzzles, also developed by internationally renowned puzzle makers. 

There are more collaborations featured in The Originals with leading artists and designers. This allows users to display exclusive artworks in their own homes. Thanks to Scribit’s flexible technology, people can also choose their favorite artwork online and stream it on their wall, using Scribit as a ‘Spotify-for-Art’ platform.

The robot allows you to instantly use any vertical surface as a screen. You can reconfigure and personalize it as it turns into a low refresh screen displaying information from the content you create or the web.

Ever since the pandemic has kicked in, the world has increased the demand for internet activities and sales of board games and jigsaw puzzles. Only in the UK, it has seen a 240% increase over the last few weeks. The new Scribit Originals offer an entertaining alternative to screen addiction and passive hobbies. Scribit was created and designed to empower creativity. It allows users to bring art and culture to their own homes whilst galleries and museums continue to remain closed. 

Carlo Ratti, director of the MIT Senseable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and creator of Scribit, said: “We are totally deluged with information, and spend too much of our time in front of digital screens – TV, desktop computer, laptop, tablet or phone. With Scribit we want to offer up a creative alternative: a robotic system that draws on any kind of vertical surface, experiencing a new way of enjoying original visual contents such as art, board games, and universal messages.”

All you need to install Scribit is a Wi-Fi connection, two nails, and a power source. You can use any vertical surface for the robot as it can travel on all be it a whiteboard, glass, or plaster. Therefore, any vertical plane can be transformed into a screen where images, messages, or feeds are projected. A dedicated app for smartphones provides direct access to Scribit’s creative ecosystem. Once the user sends their digital information to the device or selects an image from the gallery, the robot starts reproducing it. 

The Scribit robot is available to purchase via the Scribit website for $499.99 and whiteboard, glass, and plaster markers start at $49.99 for packs of 48. Other stockists include the MoMA Design Store in New York City.  

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