The affordable robot drawing arm brings computer sketches on paper

The portable robot arm, called Line-us, is the idea of ​​product designer Durrell Bishop and technologist Robert Poll, who raised funds for the project on Kickstarter.
Controlled by an associated application, the robot is programmed to mimic the movement of the hand, drawing each line exactly in the same order and copying precisely the style and character of the drawing.

The robot is able to hold a pen or brush of choice of the user, while a metal plate allows it to sit firmly on a piece of paper, sketchbook, newspaper or notebook. It can also be hung on a wall or mounted on a refrigerator thanks to its magnetic base.

Drawings created using Line-us can be saved, sent as messages or published in a public gallery. The drawings sent can then be recreated on paper by other Line-us users.

Not enough to be easily transported, the robot arm connects to the power supply via a USB battery. Other features include the ability to trace directly from a camera or photos, and erase, mirror or enlarge drawings.

The Line-us application is compatible with iPads, iPhones, Android tablets, Android smartphones and Mac and PC laptops. The designs can be created using fingers, a stylus, Wacom tablets or Apple pencil.

Line-us can also be programmed with new features using encoding platforms such as Raspberry Pi and Scratch.

"Line-us encourages design and experimentation," explained the founders of Line-us. "It's very fun to watch Line-us move, but it's better to want to draw. Line-us has its own drawing style and character, it's not a plotter or printer - it's a drawer "

The Kickstarter campaign, which easily surpassed its £ 39,000 financing target, allowed bidders to get their hands on the first 1000 machines, which are now in production.

While bidders were able to buy the robots for £ 69 and £ 49, the final retail price should be around £ 99.

In March, British studio They launched a connected whiteboard that also uses a robot arm controlled by the application to shoot everything from illustrations to shopping lists.

Called Joto, the arm can be directed to draw whatever the user wants - whether it is to recreate existing illustrations or logos, or to write a personal message or drawing.