Penmanship enthusiasts have bemoaned the death of cursive for years. Blame technology! But here’s a new development: There’s an app that could bring back the art of fine handwriting while letting us humans stay as lazy as possible.
A new upscale gift company, Bond, released an iOS app that allows you to send handwritten greeting cards that you don’t even have to touch. A handwriting robot does all the work.
Though writing has existed for millennia and is often the first skill taught in school, it’s only recently that humans have been able to teach robots to do the same thing. As Ars Technica points out, it’s much more difficult than asking a machine to write printed characters. Mimicking intimate cursive letters requires subtleties in pen pressure, hand movement, and ink spotting that are hard to reproduce.