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October 27, 2020

Scribit: A Wall-Drawing Robot for a Productive Workspace

With so much technology in our lives, more and more people are deciding to keep it old-school in their workspaces, with whiteboards and the good old pen-and-paper replacing the use of even more screens.

Designed in Turin, Italy, Scribit is subverting that dichotomy with its work-oriented screenless technology – a robot that can draw on your whiteboards, walls, and almost any vertical surface.

As a new way to present digital content, Scribit taps into the increasing phenomenon of screen fatigue, an experience that people have had to contend with more than ever as working from home becomes the norm. But going completely analogue isn’t the only solution: Scribit allows you to lay out any data in real time, anywhere in your workspace, all without resorting to more screen time. The markers used by the robot are easily erasable, either by the robot itself or with a damp cloth, and available in a variety of colours, bringing not only content but variety to your surroundings.

Scribit offers up an alternative [to screens]: a robotic system that draws on any kind of vertical surface, following a primordial act performed by humanity since our first cave graffiti.
— MIT PROFESSOR CARLO RATTI.

Despite the almost wacky concept of a wall-climbing robot, Scribit functions in a surprisingly simple way: the small robot has two wheels that enables it to climb while hanging from two supports in the topmost corners of the wall (anchored with nails or suction cups, depending on the surface). The ‘printer for walls’ can render anything you’d like on a vertical plane and has recently collaborated with artist-illustrator Worry Lines to bring a light-hearted take on working life to your space. With illustrations touching on topics like mental health, the climate crisis, relationships, and self-care, Worry Lines’ unique collection – ‘Odd Rituals at Work’ – brings humour and mindfulness to any surface.

Scribit is a great way to get away from the screens while taking advantage of technology at the same time. A robot that draws on your walls is not only a cool and novel piece of tech, it’s also really useful for the modern workspace, where data, memos, and schedules abound and writing space is limited.

To read more about novel tech, check out our article on Silentmode’s sleep mask.


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