Bond Gifts offers the ultimate perk - handwritten cards that appear human in origin, but are actually the product of a robot handwriting device.
(Handwriting robot at work)
"I have terrible handwriting, usually don't have stationery readily available, and don't even know how to create a wax seal," said Bond CEO Sonny Caberwal on Bond's website, explaining the inspiration behind the company's handwriting robot.
"I find myself saving handwritten mail I get from others. They make my day," said Caberwal.
Unlike a printer, the robot manually moves a pen back and forth and scribbles a 255-character message in cursive. Rob Leuschke, a freelance font designer who lives in Missouri, said that connective script fonts need to be carefully planned and thought out.
"There are always going to be inconsistencies in spacing with a connecting script," he told ABC News. As a result, the final word may be different than a collection of its individual letters. "In the word 'for,' a font might combine the 'o' and 'r' into a single character called a ligature," he said. " 'O' to 'r' is a difficult connection to make, but by using a ligature, it ends up connecting properly."
Just dictate with Siri into the app and voila your handwritten note will be delivered.
This reminds me of the transcriber from Isaac Asimov's 1953 novel Second Foundation, which also produced excellent handwritten copy:
The machine had been delivered two days ago on her first adult birthday. She had said "But father, everybody - just everybody in the class who has the slightest pretensions to being anybody has one. Nobody but some old drips would use key machines-"
But when it was delivered, it was the model she wanted... and copy was turned out in a charming and entirely feminine handwriting...