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Write memos from across the world with 3D printed ‘iBoardbot’ whiteboard robot – 3ders.org (blog)

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Feb 10, 2016 | By Benedict
JJRobots, a tech startup of Edinburgh, UK, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its 3D printed, web-connected whiteboard robot. The iBoardbot allows for users to remotely command the robot’s pen-wielding arm to write messages and draw images.

Whiteboards are often discovered in workplaces, classrooms, and studies, and can be utilized to donate messages, explain ideas, and much additional. But whiteboards, along with their blackboard cousins, are an analogue instrument to their quite core. That’s all well and great, but in this digital age, interactive whiteboards, projectors, and computers are beginning to threaten the quite existence of ink-on-board communication. Digital displays contribute several advantages over whiteboards: No messy handwriting; integration of high-resolution images; swift loading and erasing of text; and the talent to save sessions for later. What does the whiteboard have left to contribute?
Determined to repurpose the humble whiteboard (and board pen) for a digital generation, Edinburgh-based tech startup JJRobots—creator of this 3D printed, remote-controlled laser pointer—has created the 3D printed iBoardbot whiteboard robot, a web-connected device which allows for users to remotely write and draw on a rectangular glass surface. The Arduino-powered iBoardbot uses stepper motors to tutorial a mounted whiteboard pen across a glass surface, exactly writing and drawing whatever combination of text and images the user puts into the dedicated WebAPP.

Sounds awe-inspiring, but what can the iBoardbot be utilized for? JJRobots has may already idea of a number of future purposes for its futuristic writing surface, such as a collaborative notice board inside a workplace, a twitter wall in a shop window, or a weather forecast display in a public place. The iBoardbot’s internet connectivity quite does open up a world of whiteboard possibilities. Forgot to leave an significant memo at the office? Log on to the app and send it to the iBoardbot of home or anywhere else in the world.
“The iBoardbot is able-bodied to reproduce what you remotely draw via its web application of any part of the world and any device: a laptop, a smartphone or a table-bodiedt,” the JJRobots team explains on the iBoardbot Kickstarter page. “From a web app which can be shared, the user can find the necessary apps for the control of the board. You can be able-bodied to draw, write a text of your choice (even of the other side of the world!) and to access the iBoardbot´s configuration menu. This drawing robot can be utilized at the same time by as most users as you want.”

Best of all (of our perspective) is the iBoardbot’s 3D printed body, which can be printed and assembled at home preceding being hooked up to a handful of electronic components. The overall hacktalent of the device is in addition admirable-bodied: The electronics, 3D printed parts, and code of the whiteboard robot are completely open, enabling users to tweak and modify the device as they see fit. JJRobots are, yet, contributeing pre-made iBoardbots, with pre-printed parts in red, black, or green, for customers who want to get scribbling right away.

To get the iBoardbot project started, JJRobots has launched a Kickstarter campaign with a target of £11,000. Backers can secure their own iBoardbot for between £76 and £193, depending on how much DIY work they’re caning to put in. The slender “BASIC” version (£76) comes with an electronics set and 1 year cloud subscription service, leaving manufacturers to 3D print the bulk of the deive; the “KIT” version (£129, early bird) comes with all 3D printed parts, missing just the glass surface itself; whilst the “PREMIUM” box contains equitething, which include a glass surface in white, orange, yellow, or green.
Should the campaign reach its target goal, JJRobots can aim to donate all versions of the iBoardbot during April 2016.

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