A few random soundbites from Circuit Scribe, a rollerball pen filled with magical (i.e., specially developed reactive silver) ink that enables users of all ages with average or better fine motor skills to draw circuits on demand:
- "Instant robot guts."
- "Goodbye breadboard."
- "No shaking, no squeezing, no goop, no smell, no waiting for ink to dry."
- "Circuit Scribe is for Makers, STEM Educators, Artists, Kids, & Life Hackers."
The Circuit Scribe pen emits smooth lines of conductive silver ink, enabling its masters & commanders to draw functioning circuits at will. Students, kiddos, tinkerers, and serious developers alike can create circuits as simple or complex as their aptitude allows, either with no more than a coin battery, paper clip, and LED, or multiple ganged components, incorporating the likes of photo sensors, sound buzzers, 9V batteries, stencils, and DPDT switches.
In school, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators can use Circuit Scribe to give students hands-on learning experiences building circuits right inside their notebooks. In life, makers and developers can do anything from drawing and cutting out circuits to install inside larger projects (the aforementioned robot guts), to applying Circuit Scribe skills and open-source hardware to their Arduino, Makey Makey, or other electronic platforms. All without the frustration and tedium of using breadboard backing.
Circuit Scribe seeks Kickstarter funding through January 1, 2014. At printing, maker Electroninks, Inc. had more than doubled their $85,000 goal. Pledge levels span from the Circuit Scribe pen and an LED component ($20) to a Developer Kit, complete with the pen and 4 separate component bundles.
October 2014 Update: The Circuit Scribe, which achieved around $675,000 in crowdfunding cash, made it through the toils of production and is now available for direct purchase--follow the link below.