Wacom's Digital Inkling Pen Brings Sketches To The Masses

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News Posted: Wed, Aug 31 2011 1:19 AM
When people think of the Wacom brand, they generally think of sketch-pads of the digital variety. Larger, square drawing pads used by digital artists. But the company is taking a more mainstream approach with their latest product, Inkling. It's a new digital sketch pen that captures a digital likeness of your work while you sketch with its ballpoint tip on any sketchbook or standard piece of paper. Designed for rough concepting and creative brainstorming, Inkling bridges the gap between paper sketching and digital drawing by giving users at the front end of the creative process a way to rough-out ideas with real ink on paper and capture their concepts digitally so that they can be later refined on their computer. Inkling even allows users to create layers in the digital file while sketching on paper in many creative software applications.

Virtually anyone who uses sketching to capture their creative ideas and wants to have their drawings in a digital format to e-mail, archive or further refine on their computer can benefit from Inkling. For example, artists, illustrators, or story boarders who appreciate the convenience, speed and spontaneity of loosely sketching their ideas on paper could profit from the capabilities of Wacom's Inkling digital sketch pen. In everyday use, a graphic designer could use Inkling to create rough concepts on paper for a new advertising campaign and then review and share these concepts on the computer with colleagues or clients. The pen and receiver store and recharge in a compact case making it easy to transport Inkling between, home, office, hotel or any typical workspace.


The Inkling digital sketch pen is comprised of both hardware and software components. Hardware includes both the pen and a wireless receiver that captures a likeness of the sketch and stores it digitally. The ballpoint pen uses Wacom's pressure sensing technology (1024 levels of sensitivity) to detect how hard the pen is being pressed to the paper while sketching. These pressure variations will appear in the digital version of your drawing. The receiver can be clipped to the edge of standard paper or sketchbooks and the position can be adjusted for left or right handed users to provide the receiver with an uninterrupted line of sight with the pen tip. When sketching is complete, the receiver is connected to the user's computer via USB to transfer the digital files. Files can be opened with the included Inkling Sketch Manager software to edit, delete or add layers as well as to change formats and transfer the files for adjustment and editing in creative software applications.


Of course, a video explains it best, so have a look there if you're interested.

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This is awesome, I love that you just touch a button and you have a new ai/ps layer. I always want more though!!! Where is the 2048 sensitivity like the intuos/cintiq??? Just kidding, looks like an amazing product.

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Manduh replied on Wed, Aug 31 2011 8:04 PM

This is very cool looking! No doubt my bf will grab one (or two) up when it's available around here! We both have Wacom graphic tablets and swear by them!

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