Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) has unveiled Scribit, a “writing robot” which draws images and text on any wall surface, turning office, living, and bathroom walls into a blank canvas for artistic expression. Using in-built engines, Scribit can draw, cancel, and re-draw new content an infinite number of times, allowing users to print different images, messages, or feeds every day.
Scribit is always connected to the internet, allowing users to download, upload or source any online content. Operating in real time, Scribit immediately reproduces any data sent to it by the user, be it a restaurant posting the day’s menu, a financial firm posting stock market updates in its lobby, or an art enthusiast projecting their own content on the living room wall.
The 7-inch x 3-inch (20cm x 8cm) robot can be installed in less than five minutes, requiring only two nails and a power plug, and can operate on any vertical surface including whiteboards, plaster, or glass. Working on a two-axis plane, controlled by two light cables hanging off a vertical wall, Scribit uses four colored markers to reproduce content.