Ballpoint Pen Draws Electronic Circuits With Conductive Ink [Video]

Ballpoint Pen Draws Electronic Circuits With Conductive Ink [Video]

Instead of regular ink, Circuit Scribe uses conductive silver allowing you to instantly create a fully functioning circuit.

Alan Khanukaev
  • 26 november 2013

Circuit Scribe is a rollerball pen that uses a silver conductive ink to let you create fully functioning circuits as fast as you can can draw, making it cheaper, faster, and easier to test out electronics and prototype concepts.

Developed by Electroninks Incorporated, a company originally part of a University of Illinois research lap, Circuit Scribe tries to make the process as easy as possible. No wires, no boards, no soldering; all you need is a sketch and you can begin tinkering with nothing more than a coin battery and an LED.

Notebook-Circuit Scribe

Circuit Scribe offers a selection of components, from relatively simple buzzers and led lights, to more sophisticated parts like photo sensors and potentiometers. It can even interface with the Arduino MaKey MaKey, allowing for even more elaborate designs and making it ideal for hackers at any level. With Circuit Scribe you can create everything from a simple switch to a fully functioning touchpad. The water-based ink dries instantly so you can immediately begin testing on a freshly drawn circuit.

From kids just starting to learn about circuitry to tech hobbyists looking to knock out a quick prototype, Circuit Scribe is aimed at makers of all ages. Their goal is to help educate and make electronics available to as many people as possible.

Arduino-Circuit Scribe

Less than a week into their Kickstarter campaign, Circuit Scribe is well over it’s initial $85,000 fundraising goal as well as its $250,000 stretch goal, allowing them to build out a robust education platform and STEM outreach program.

Check out their pitch video below:

Circuit Scribe

Sources: Kickstarter, Electroninks, TechCrunch
Images: Kickstarter


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