Li ne-us

T3 - - Gadget Guru -

Anoth er ro­bot, Guru? Aren’t th ey a bit last week?

Yes, yes, but this one is amaz­ing be­cause it draws things. With an ac­tual pen. So there.

Sigh . You’re bor­ing me now.

Have we really reached the point where you are more cyn­i­cal than this griz­zled old gadget hack? Look, this ro­bot is cool so stop com­plain­ing. Ok so it’s not going to set the world on fire, and it’s not going to rad­i­cally change med­i­cal sci­ence, but it’s a pleas­ing toy so shut up.

i’m Sorry, gagu...

Yeah, that’s what Guru thought. Now lis­ten up. Line-us is a ro­bot arm, con­nected to an app. Your doo­dles in the app are trans­lated to shaky pen-on-pa­per real world ver­sions. Since you use your own pen you could re­place it with what­ever you like – a paint brush, for ex­am­ple, or, if you’re mental, a high-power blue laser for burn­ing your cre­ations into wood. That’s if you ac­tu­ally have a high-power blue laser, of course.

Sounds clever, but Wh at can you act ually do with it ?

Well, um, that’s about it. You can, nat­u­rally, use the ubiq­ui­tous con­nected fea­tures to share, down­load and no doubt add some inane so­cial rat­ing to sketches. You can trace stuff, draw live or hold off un­til your sketch is com­plete, and even build it from a kit (£49) if you don’t fancy pay­ing for the pre-made ver­sion (£69).

Hey, That’s ch eap!

It is, right? There’s just one prob­lem: at the time of writ­ing you can’t ac­tu­ally buy one. Yeah, sorry about that. The mak­ers have been slightly more suc­cess­ful than they’d ex­pected and (sen­si­bly) cut off Kick­starter sup­ply af­ter the first batch of 1,000 units, so as to keep them­selves from be­com­ing com­pletely over­whelmed. If you’re in­ter­ested in get­ting one of these (even­tu­ally), you can sign up at www.line-us.com to find out when the new units will be re­leased.

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