Bored at home? Try a robotic “Wall-Sudoku”

As the Coronavirus epidemic is forcing millions to stay at home looking for creative pastimes, Scribit launches a new series of puzzles developed together with the world’s top players, to help people break the lockdown monotony. The first puzzle was made available by multi-champion Thomas Snyder (aka Dr. Sudoku).

Scribit released a special series of “robotic puzzles” so that people can draw and play directly on their wall, to break the lockdown boredom. The first content of the series will be a special sudoku puzzle made available by the multi-champion player Dr. Thomas Snyder (aka Dr. Sudoku). Scribit can draw the board on any vertical surface,  transforming people’s walls into a giant canvas to play a collective game. The content will be available to users all over the world from April 2nd. 

At a time in which schools and businesses are shut down all around the world, Internet activity has spiked as a spontaneous reaction to social distancing. In this context, the new puzzle series by Scribit aims to promote creative alternatives to screen addiction and passive hobbies.

The first episode in the “puzzle series” has been developed in collaboration with Thomas Snyder, a three-time World Sudoku Champion and five-time US Puzzle Champion, nicknamed “Dr. Sudoku”. Since 2012, Dr. Sudoku has been running a blog with his publishing house Grandmaster Puzzles. Beyond Sudoku, he works as a scientist in medical research.

Snyder crafts his sudoku as an artist, serving as a kind of “cure for the common sudoku”. With Scribit, he shared an “antibody sudoku”: namely, a sudoku board whose theme in the pattern of givens (that is, the boxes with given numbers are displayed) has the shape of a Y - recalling the basic structure of an antibody molecule. Antibodies are glycoproteins naturally produced in response to invading foreign particles such as microorganisms and viruses. As such, they play a critical role in the immune system’s defense against infection and disease.

Using the robot Scribit, people will be able to reproduce the board by Snyder on their wall and solve it, using Scribit’s erasable markers.

The collaboration with Dr. Sudoku follows up on the successful “Scribit Originals” series, featuring drawings and exclusive pieces from world-renown artists, public intellectuals, scientists - from artist Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun to the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics at MIT to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

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