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Scribit is a write & erase robot that allows you to draw any content sourced from the web - and update it in real time.
Scribit is a write & erase robot that allows you to draw any content sourced from the web - and update it in real time.
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Proof of Concept

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Appearance Prototype

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Design Prototype

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CREATED BY MIT PROFESSOR CARLO RATTI, SCRIBIT IS a small "writing robot" that can draw images and text on any vertical surface. 

What if you could instantly turn your office or living room wall into a canvas for digital content, and update it in real time?

A restaurant can post the day’s menu on its wall, professionals can support their focus by writing new motivational sentences every day, or someone who loves art can draw on a Van Gogh -- or their own drawings – onto their bedroom wall.



Scribit is also an amazing way to entertain the attendees of a live event. We accomplished this in April at Milan Design Week 2018, the world's leading design event. More than 20 thousand people came to see it in action!



A vertical surface, a socket and an Internet connection. That's all you need to use Scribit

Scribit can operate between 4 colours combinations.

Along with Scribit you'll receive 24 default colours: replacements are easy to come by on the market for a price between $7 and $15 for a set of 12 colours.

The 4 default colours are Red, Yellow, Blue and Black (the Primary colours). 

 Thanks to a special patented technology, Scribit can safely draw, erase and re-draw new content an infinite number of times, allowing you to print a different image on your wall every few minutes.

How does this work? The little pod highlighted above can heat up to 149 F°. As simple as that: it will run across the design and the ink of the marker will evaporate little by little.




Scribit uses 2 wheels to climb (almost) any type of vertical surface.  Whiteboards, glass and standard plaster are the surfaces we recommend to obtain the highest quality drawings. 

 Yes, we have a crush on flowers on glass...



Scribit can be installed in less than 5 minutes: all that is needed are two nails and a power plug. It can place itself at any point with great precision and uses markers to reproduce any type of content.

 Easy enough for everyone. Cool enough to entertain your friends.

The Scribit App is designed to allow you to seamlessly browse through a sea of content from Artists, Illustrators and developers, anywhere in the Web.

It's a unique way to interact with your friends by sharing drawings, fun facts or notes that can appear on your wall in just a few minutes.

You can receive updates or news about your favorite topics, or other practical information such as weather forecasts or grocery lists, without having to look at your mobile phone.



 Scribit will offer users access to a broad range of digital content structured around mini Apps. In this global marketplace, people, businesses or institutions – from artists, to museums, to media organisations - can develop and upload any type of content.


Imagine if you could reconfigure your walls every day. You might draw on masterpieces from the best museums of New York, Paris or Tokyo, or discover the latest works by emerging artists.


We're developing more and more integrations between Scribit, other Apps and AI systems like Alexa, Google and Siri.

If you have any idea on this, please let us know!


By using your PC or laptop you'll be able to download, create or modify through your favorite design software any content you like. 

When you're ready, you'll send it to Scribit via Web browser (like Chrome or FireFox) with one of the extensions above. 

Yes, Scribit is a robot. It is 6.6 inch x 3.15 inch in dimension and covered in aluminum on the outer part. The core of its technology is a rotative engine that allows to be in writing or stand-by position, beside changing color when the drawing requires it. 

Scribit's ear-like structure are actually wheels that allow it to climb walls.

It's quite small, but big enough to be noticed when in action.

The LED strip on the top is Scribit's way to communicate with you. According to the color of the light and if it'll be pulsing or flashing, you'll be able to understand whether Scribit is busy, resting or loading a new drawing.


“We are totally deluged with information, and spend too much of our non-sleeping time in front of one form or another of digital screen – TV, desktop computer, laptop, tablet or phone."
Do we really want to add more screens to our lives?” says MIT professorCarlo Ratti: “Scribit offers up an alternative: a robotic system that draws on any kind of vertical surface, following a primordial act performed by humanity since our first cave graffiti.”

The vertical plotter concept was first exposed on large scale at Milan Expo in 2015.


After showcasing the first concepts back in 2012, the development of Scribit has been accelerated starting from September 2017.

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Here's how it used to look.

Then it began to take shape and truly evolve.

Curious about all the recent development stages? Here's a recap.

Scribit is already at an advanced development stage at the moment. All the main features and mechanisms inside and outside the robot have been working for months at this point. 

Our goal is to deliver the first Scribit units to you by the end of 2018.


Scribit is the result of a team work. We are a group of engineers, product designers and marketing experts striving to turn Scribit into a product accessible for everybody.

Apart from the huge support by the entire team at MakrShakr and CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati, these are the 3 main heads working at Scribit:

After earning his Master degree in Mechatronic Engineering in 2012, Andrea founded his first start-up in 3d printing services. He has numerous collaborations and consultancies in biomedical, rapid prototyping and interaction design. After leading the development of Remidi, the world’s first wearable instrument that records, produces and plays music, he started working at Scribit as Product Manager.

Alessandra graduated with a degree in Journalism and Communications in 2015. She decided to pursue her passions and began working in New York City and at various art fairs around the world to gain some international experience. Since 2017 she has been managing the Marketing and Communications of Makr Shakr, the world’s first robotic bar system, and now also Scribit.

Andrea has always cultivated a strong interest towards the technology side of the music industry. After working in the vibrant artsy city of Austin, Texas, he founded Remidi, the first wearable instrument to perform music. He gained valuable experiences and competences in crowd-funding which eventually led him to arriving at Scribit as crowd-funding specialist.



We're supported by a a great network of professionals in the architecture and design sector.

IdeaPaint, the creator of dry-erase paint, which powers collaboration at many of the worlds most innovative institutions and companies, is one of our present (and future) key partners.

In combination with their magic paint, Scribit can do wonderful things!




Pietro Leoni, Andrea Bulgarelli (project manager), Andrea Baldereschi

Scribit is a project by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati in collaboration with Makr Shakr

CRA team: Carlo Ratti, Giovanni de Niederhausern, Luca Giacolini 

Makr Shakr team: Emanuele Rossetti, Alessandra Savio 

Renderings: Gary di Silvio, Giacomo Mangia


Video: TheGoodLifeStudio

Design: EverGreen

Audio selection: SartoriaSonora

Brand Identity: Folder

Electronics: Dario Trimarchi


OSArc, Pietro Leoni, 2012

Hektor, Jürg Lehni and Uli Franke, 2002

Rita, Jürg Lehni, 2005

Viktor, Jürg Lehni, 2006

Otto, Jürg Lehni, 2014

Risks and challenges

Scribit is a very advanced stage of development. The current prototypes, at their third iteration, are fully working in all the required features

With this being said, bringing a completely new hardware technology to market is a challenging task.

The main risks we still have to face are:


80% of our BOM (Bill of Materials) is confirmed and providers are locked. However, we are still the small ones when we interact with big plastic or aluminium manufacturers, we'll have to be very smart and self-aware to be sure that everything works as planned.


Being a new piece of hardware it will go through many new challenges any time it'll be used by customers. It's incredibly important to create a product that is solid and can be treated without the love and care we put all the time we use it. In any case, prototypes have already gone through a lot of stuff and we're not really worried about this.


We love aluminium and its feeling. Unfortunately, it can be expensive. Among all the providers, the one for aluminum is being the hardest to deal with. We don't see this as a constraint as we have multiple solutions in mind that can be the same beautiful and functional.


Given the amount of work that we’ll have over the next 7 months, it will be challenging to create all the patches and integrations that we have in mind. First, we’ll focus on the software that we think to be the most important. Please, if you have suggestion on this: email us!


To deliver on time has been our main goal for months before the campaign. With that in mind, the most of our product development effort has been put in upfront, ahead of our campaign. As an information for all our backers: we're a group of engineers who has already gone through the whole process of launching a Kickstarter campaign and deliver a mass-manufactured product.


While we're tuning up the design and geometry of a few internal components, our plastic and aluminium design are complete. The electronic board is design is at 80% right now. All our manufacturing partners have extensive experience bringing consumer technology to the market. However, even with the best team and preparation, unexpected troubles can occur. We have planned buffer within all our plan to absorb potential delays.

As Scribit doesn't have a battery inside but is charged via power-plug, can be shipped by air. With this being said, problems related to shipment might occur. Our partners on this specific aspect are solid and with a long experience at managing this sort of things: we know that we'll make in time.

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