Nov 28, 2014
Circuit Scribe was one of the innovative companies exhibited at SoCal MakerCon, an event that took place to inspire and empower people to collaborate and take initiative on their own ideas. At the Circuit Scribe exhibit, kids and families were having fun learning more about electronics by drawing with a conductive ink pen and placing magnetic modules that snap right onto circuits that you have just drawn on paper, bringing them to life. Michael Bell COO/Co-Founder and PhD student at Harvard School developed all of the modules, packaging and lessons for Circuit Scribe. He was there to help anyone with questions and demonstrate how Circuit Scribe works. QGITS talked to Michael to learn more about creating circuits with conductive ink and how they got started.
QGITS: How does Circuit Scribe work?
Michael: Circuit Scribe is a conductive ink pen so you can draw circuits on paper with nothing but our pen and the electronic magnetic modules that we sell with the pen. So really the innovation is in the conductive ink inside of the pen. The ink formulation is from our research group, PhD students from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Harvard University. The ink inside of the pen was formulated actually for a different application and one of the other co-founders stuck it in the pen and suddenly we had a pen that could draw circuits.
Photos by: Matt Terndrup
QGITS: What inspired you guys to create this?
Michael: One of my co-founders which is Anna Lisa was finishing her PhD and she had developed this about 3 or 4 years ago. We thought one of the good things when she finished school was to start the company based on the product, so we launched a Kickstarter campaign last November. We rounded out the pen with all the modules so it’s really a learning tool and not just a high end hobbyist conductive ink pen with nothing to go with it. We really wanted to lower the barrier of entry for electronics, it’s really hard to get younger kids interested into electronics because they wire up something wrong, it breaks, it smokes, it gets not interesting very fast but now we have something that we can see 4 year olds use easily. We hope Circuit Scribe will make it uncomplicated for anyone to start learning about circuits as well as inspire creativity among students, makers, artists, designers, and engineers.