Androids and robots (continued)

Robot writer

A new app from US company Bond uses a robot to mimic human handwriting in order to customise thank you and other cards for people too busy to write them.

The robot forms part of a gift service for people with money, allowing them to send handwritten cards from their iPhone or iPad. So, how much does this wonderful service cost? The robot will mimic your handwriting for a cool $199.

This is harder than it sounds because it has to imitate handwriting using fluid movements and differing pressures to make the script look authentic, and there are thought to be thousands of ways letters can be connected to each other. So the robot must adopt human-like amounts of pressure on certain joins and letters – perhaps such as dotting an ‘i’ or crossing a ‘t’ – as well as not smudging the writing in order to make it look authentic.

Is that it, I hear you ask? Well, no. For a mere $499 the service will allow you to work with a handwriting expert for a day (I nearly wrote ‘hand wringing’ expert) to ensure that your fake script is not only authentic but clean. Not a smudge to be seen.

This wonderful new service will even allow you to write notes in the hand of a famous person such as Sigmund Freud. What more could a person ask?

So if you want to forge a signature on Great Aunt Mildred’s last will and testament now you know where to turn.

8 thoughts on “Androids and robots (continued)

  1. gerard oosterman – australia – Artist, blogger and writer of hundreds of thousands of words with bad grammar and out of syntax as an extra bonus. All in a certain order. I came to Australia from Holland with my parents in 1956 and have looked back ever since. Here are some of my verbal doodling and reminiscences.
    gerard oosterman on said:

    That’s really great. What an invention. Just shows you what mankind is capable of when it sets its mind to it.

  2. rod – Edinburgh – My name is Rod Hart. I live in Edinburgh. I read a lot and write. Two novels have appeared so far. To keep my brain turning over, I am also learning Swedish.
    rod on said:

    It reminds me of Margaret Atwood’s ‘long pen’, which enables her to sign copies of her books from a distance of several thousand miles.

  3. rod – Edinburgh – My name is Rod Hart. I live in Edinburgh. I read a lot and write. Two novels have appeared so far. To keep my brain turning over, I am also learning Swedish.
    rod on said:

    So do I, my writing is so poor I could have had an alternative career as a doctor.

  4. Danielle Farrow - Actress – Edinburgh, Scotland – Bright & breezy: Actor, Shakespeare fan & lover of learning, listening & laughing! Being more formal: Award-winning Edinburgh based actress with considerable stage experience, voice over and film credits, and a passion for Shakespeare (specialising in his verse as a coach).
    Discover Fine Acting on said:

    Yep, 1st thing I thought of: forgery!

    • rod – Edinburgh – My name is Rod Hart. I live in Edinburgh. I read a lot and write. Two novels have appeared so far. To keep my brain turning over, I am also learning Swedish.
      rod on said:

      It seems, beneath that civilized exterior, you may have a mild criminal tendency!

  5. Jacqui Murray – Laguna Hills, CA. – Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, an Amazon Vine Voice, and a columnist for NEA Today. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature Fall 2021. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning
    Jacqui Murray on said:

    I wonder how long it’ll be before it’s accused of forgery. Truly, I can’t imagine it is terribly authentic, though I see it in a future novel. I did some research on robots for one of my novels. It’s amazing how difficult it is to mimic human walking, much less handwriting.

  6. rod – Edinburgh – My name is Rod Hart. I live in Edinburgh. I read a lot and write. Two novels have appeared so far. To keep my brain turning over, I am also learning Swedish.
    rod on said:

    I agree. I would think it must be exceptionally difficult.

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