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A Writing Robot That Turns Your Wall into a Wonderwall

International design and innovation office CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati unveils Scribit, an intelligent small robot that is able to draw and erase images on any surface.

Whether it’s a storefront, an office lobby or your living, Scribit robot allows users to personalise their walls with digital artworks. The robot will be unveiled in Milan, Italy on 16 April 2018 during Salone del Mobile, the world’s leading design event. A subsequent crowdfunding campaign will launch on 5 June.

Requiring just two nails and a power plug, the device can be installed in less than five minutes. Thanks to a special patented technology, it can move, draw, erase and re-draw new content a limitless amount of times.

The digital device works on a two-axis plane, moving up and down two cables that hang from a vertical wall. After moving itself to the desired point, Scribit then uses markers to reproduce the content dictated by the user.

“Scribit offers up an alternative: a robotic system that draws on any kind of vertical surface, following a primordial act performed by humanity since our first cave graffiti”, says Carlo Ratti, founding partner of CRA and director of the MIT Senseable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Finally this robot Scribit, which means s/he writes, in Latin, is also able to reproduce any kind of data in real-time, including notes, messages, images and graphics. Once the user sends their digital information to the device, the plotter instantly reproduces it.

Go and see it at Milano Salone del Mobile Piazza del Duomo, in the framework of “Living Nature. La Natura dell’Abitare” pavilion, developed by CRA for  Milan Design Week.