Thanks to the innovation and convenience of web based communication through email, text messages and whatsapp, tweets and Facebook updates, people rarely pick up a pen anymore. In fact, usage of pen is quickly becoming something of an old fashioned art form with style and class about it. Its no wonder that so many wedding invitations are nowadays printed in fonts that try to emulate handwriting.
Communication nowadays has become much easier than ever before. For some special occasion a handwritten note is far more meaningful than any other alternative. And that’s exactly where the bond comes in. Not bond, James bond, the handwriting robot. This robot is capable of producing gorgeous handwriting notes through an unusual combination of 3D printing technology and Montblanc pens and therefore is a true combination of technology, convenience and old -fashioned style.
And its remarkably simple to operate. Using the bond website or app you can easily produce a note card or letter, choose a stationary and fill in the recipient. The bond takes all this information and writes the hand written note for you, puts in a wax sealed envelope and sends it by mail. And for those who want to pretend that they have written it their self, there is also an option of submitting a handwriting sample that bond will scan and emulate. Price starts at just $2.99 plus postage and though can be ordered at any scale.
“Nobody has ever said, ‘You know what’s awesome? I had the best experience at American Greetings,’” says Sonny Caberwal, the founder and CEO of Bond in an interview with Fast Company. “We have really set out to reimagine what that would look like – how we can create a truly personal experience that lets people deliver that personal touch that is truly theirs, but let them do it from anywhere.”
The system uses MakerBot 3D printers, Montblanc or ballpoint pens and the mobile app to output messages in cursive.
The Bond process takes just a pair of paragraphs of sample text to arrive at a “personalized” version of your penmanship and then it sends a scanned copy to Bond for them to work their magic. The company says that to ensure the proper fidelity in the finished product, scans should be at a resolution of 300 dpi or better.
If your handwriting isn’t sufficiently lovely, flowing and legible, you can choose from one of five options of existing script like that of the scientist Nikola Tesla or graffitti artist Chino BYI. Bond says more famous penmanship – say, Button Gwinette – will be available soon.
According to Caberwal, the system is useful for its convenience “but you also want to feel things.”
“I don’t mean literally feel things, but the emotional context. Good communication elicits a response and an emotion for someone,” he adds. “Ultimately, people are about the human experience.”
Considering the Bond process, Mr Caberwal was immediately struck by the idea that in very short order it will be possible to apply a very convincing “autograph” to a three dimensional object like to say a baseball or a football using a like technology progress. And what constitutes “the human experience” is changing apace.