There’s a new robot around, and you can call him Bond. Bond can use your own handwriting to send those thank you cards to your top clients or the business invitations you haven’t had time to sign – without you having to pick up a single pen.
What is Bond?
Bond hails from a New York startup, and was created to turn digital messages into handwritten cards (and as we all know, handwritten notes make for a much more personal greeting). The robot uses an actual pen and stationery to write the notes, and it’ll write them in one of several pre-programmed handwriting styles – or even your own, if you want to send in a writing sample.
The five pre-programmed styles range from a casual and girly typeface called Annabel to a more manly style called Bruce. You can even write with famous inventor Nikola Tesla’s slanted cursive if you want. You can choose one of these handwriting styles for free, or you can send a sample in and have Bond learn and copy your penmanship. That service costs about $200, but it certainly makes for more authentic letters.
If customers want to use their own handwriting, the process is simple. All they have to do is fill out an intake form, and send it in. Once it reaches the company, professional calligraphers and roboticists take it from paper to digital form. Then the customer can simply choose the stationery they want to use, and the message they want to send. Prices per item start at around $2.99 plus postage.
Why use Bond?
CEO and founder of Bond, Sonny Caberwal, told NBC News he liked the idea of “digital things coming together with the physical world.” He says he was inspired by the thought of handwritten mementos like love letters that aren’t as prevalent in the age of technology.
But even though Caberwal’s inspiration was pretty personal, there’s one group that can get a lot out of the service: businesses.
Imagine sending hundreds of handwritten business thank you cards or corporate holiday cards with just a few clicks on the computer. Bond can help businesses combine the sincerity of handwritten messages with the ease of digital ones. In fact, Bond can even access a business’s customer management software to locate the names and addresses of dozens of people at a time.
Caberwal says his main goal with the new technology is to make people happy.
“That’s core to our mission as an organization: we believe that we can be happier by simply making those around us happy,” he said to Wired. “We hope Bond makes it easier to do that.”