There is no brand at the forefront of analog digital imaging like Wacom. Top-of-the-line writing tablets are its most well-known product, and they have stepped up the game as of August 30, 2011, announcing Inkling, a pen and receiver combo that records freehand artwork as you draw.
The Inkling Digital Sketch Pen uses ultrasonic and infrared technologies to record everything that you draw on paper as vector graphics that can be easily transferred to your computer. Not only is this a digital pen, but also it is an actual ink pen, using standard refillable ballpoint ink! All of your freehand sketches are performed on real paper, whatever paper you choose, and recorded by the receiver, placed at the top of your page. Nor is the pen connected by any wire to your writing surface: it is a complete wireless system, very portable, usable wherever you would like to draw.
Together the pen and receiver weigh 2.04 oz (58 g). The Inkling Digital Sketch Pen has 1024 ballpoint pen pressure levels and can translate sketches to digital for over 8 hours per charge. The receiver can record up to an A4 equivalent paper size.
Inkling is fully Windows and Mac compatible and can record in a plethora of image formats:
Layered File Export: Adobe® Photoshop® or Adobe® Illustrator® CS3 or later and Autodesk® SketchBook® Pro or SketchBook Designer (2011 or later).
File Saving Formats: JPG, BMP, TIFF, PNG, SVG and PDF.
The receiver is capable of storing thousands of sketches before transfer to your computer. You are also able to add layers to your sketches simply by tapping the receiver.
Inkling is expected to be available mid-September 2011 for $199.00.
For more information on the Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen, visit Wacom’s website at http://inkling.wacom.com/.