“A new invention by Booker Prize-winning Canadian author Margaret Atwood, a remote-controlled pen that allows writers to sign books for fans from thousands of miles away, is seen during a presentation at London’s annual Book Fair, Sunday March 5, 2006.” – Link.
Telepresence book signing robot – Link.
Now that Skype, AIM, iChat, MSN and many of the messaging clients support video it might be time for someone to make (or make a kit) that plugs in to your USB that does tele-signing. Any second now I’m expected to see the LEGO version.
One thing to consider, a new type of forgery might be possible – you could get the data being sent to control the robotic arm and reproduce it provided you created a bot with the same specs. I suppose with video storage and a # added to each signature that could be eliminated and everyone would also have a way see what signed number their book is.