This Robot Will Write Your Thank You Notes

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Want to give clients the feeling that they are extra special to you by sending a handwritten note? Have a job interview where you still feel duty-bound to send a thank-you letter in the mail like it is still the 1800s? Need to do these things but do not want to actually, you know, have to physically write anything? Bond has you covered. Bond is a robot that will use a fancy fountain pen and send handwritten (well, robot-written) letters to the people you want to impress. You can choose one of their pre-designed handwriting styles or you can give them $199 to make their robots learn your horrible scrawl or for $499 they will sit you down with a handwriting expert so that your chicken scratch is less scratchy and then turn their robots loose on that.

Learn more by watching the somewhat overly fawning video.

I am mocking this, but since it involves fountain pens and robots, two of my twin obsessions, the chances I will end up giving Bond some of my money is high.

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  • Damien Riehl

    I love and hate this idea — in equal parts. It’s very convenient, and it would certainly automate a chore that seems antiquated. But in the age of quick messaging (e.g., e-mail, texts, messaging), the effort that goes into doing that chore is the point. What happens if the recipient finds out that the sender used Bond? Would that lower the recipient’s view of the sender — even below their feelings if the sender had shot off a quick e-mail?

    I don’t send many written notes because it’s a pain. But when I do, I expect to get the kudos for the effort. Bond seems like cheating. (As Lisa notes, however, my ambivalence doesn’t mean that I won’t use it.)

    • If you dictated your notes to Bond through Google Glass you might ascend to a higher plane of existence where technology can simulate all analog forms of communication and thought.

      • Damien Riehl

        I can only hope that in that higher plane of existence, the robots will do all the thinking for us. I, for one, welcome our note-drafting robot overlords.