Robotic whiteboard writes your wall on the wall

[Dave’s] drawbot writes his Facebook wall messages on a whiteboard. The setup is pretty simple, depending on a pair of stepper motors and common household goods. As you can see in the image, the stylus is a plain old dry-erase marker held by a big spring clip (the kind that holds a stack of papers together). What you can’t see is that there’s a kick stand to hold the writing head away from the board when moving to the next plot point.

In this example a cursive font is being used, but [Dave] included two other fonts in the code. Those require the felt tip to be frequently lifted from the board, and a servo motor does this by pressing a cotton swab against the surface. This does erase any marker lines it slides past, but it’s a pretty small area that is lost. To control the motors [Dave] is using the EiBotBoard which was originally designed for the EggBot. It’s got a USB mini-b connector which lets a computer push messages scraped from the Internet. Don’t miss the video demonstration embedded after the break.

A small modification would make this into a pretty nifty light painting rig.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FJZvrvfXlE

6 thoughts on “Robotic whiteboard writes your wall on the wall

  1. I wanted to build one of these for awhile. I’m definitely gonna look this thing over more in depth for ideas, its pretty good.

    As for his comments on a future build and using a lid for the marker, he could use those markers that have a push in and out function to keep the tip from drying out.

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