While the device can be directed to reproduce images and an artist's original creations via an app, and can even receive texts and messages from friends that are reflected on its display, Rhodes is quick to emphasize that the Joto is not an interactive printer.
"The beautiful thing about Joto is that it doesn't work methodically from top to bottom, line by line," he explained. "It draws as the artists created it, or as a person would write. We spent a lot of time making sure letters were formed as you would write and not how a robot would write, for instance."
This gives Joto a unique character. Its human-like fluidity stands out when it draws, and all of the focus is on the pen maneuvering across the blank canvas.
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Joto gained immediate notice when it was posted on Kickstarter, and reached its fundraising goal in just three days.
Rhodes has since been taking suggestions to make the device even more useful. A popular idea suggests integrating a calendar so that the device can automatically update schedules. Businesses have requested larger displays for their lobbies, and others have called for smaller versions as well.
"I'm sure in the future there will be a whole range of Joto's for different uses," Rhodes said.
For now, Rhodes is excited for about "365 Days of Art," an app he's developing for the device that promises a unique, curated illustration for each day of the year.
"I love the idea that I can wake up to something new every day and it can either be useful, beautiful, or both," he remarked.