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March 12, 2013

Does your Handwriting suck? Now you can have a machine write for you.

Filed under: My Thoughts,Tech Related — Suramya @ 1:20 AM

This is something I really need. 🙂 Those of you who know me, know that my writing is horrible and most of the time only I can read it. Here’s an invention by students from Olin College that solves this problem. Meet Herald, a machine that can produce beautiful calligraphy.

The machine uses a gantry to move the writing tip along the X and Y axes. The flexible-nib calligraphy pen is mounted on a sprocket which rotates the tip onto the writing surface, taking care of the third axis. The rig was beautifully rendered from their CAD drawings, then tweaked to ensure the smoothest motion possible before the quintet of Sophomores began the physical build.

Check it out in action at Herald Calligraphy. Now if only someone makes a portable version of this, I will be all set 🙂

Thanks to for the initial scoop.

– Suramya

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