|The Wacom Inkling kit unpacked - Inkling case, Inkling pen, Inkling receiver, USB lead, 4 pen cartridges|
In the future I'll be summarising the verdicts of those who have seen and used it - with particular reference to those who are artists and illustrators and not just technical journalists.
It appears as if the Wacom is being launched mid September in the USA but there's no date for launch elsewhere that I've yet been able to identify.
This post comes in three parts
- First the official videos by Wacom - which is probably as blatant an example of using YouTube to market a product as I've ever seen! Note the Wacom videos are available on the USA site but not the Europe channel of Wacom YouTube.
- Second, a technical summary. This includes a summary of the pros and cons as identified to date
- Third - the links to reviews of the Wacom Inkling - for a future post as it turns out as I can't find any to date!
Last - I'd like to hear what you think of the Wacom Inkling. My initial reaction was that I liked the idea but I'd want to wait until they brought out a "fine nib" as the current one looks a bit too "medium" for me.
What is a Wacom Inkling?
Here are the Wacom videos. The ones after the first one were only published last week I'd like to emphasise that all the descriptions are quotes which come straight from Wacom.
Wacom introduces Inkling, 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.
Replacing Inkling Pen Cartridge: This video demonstrates how to replace an Inkling ink cartridge in the tip of the pen.
Charging Inkling: This video demonstrates how to charge Inkling using the carrying case and a standard USB port.
Using Inkling: This video gives you some specific tips for using Inking by Wacom.
Transferring Sketches from Inkling: This video demonstrates how to transfer your sketches from Inkling to Sketch Manager, where you can prepare your files for distribution or further development in other creative software applications, like Adobe Photoshop
Installing Inkling Sketch Manager (Mac): This video shows you how to install the Sketch Manager software on a Mac. Sketch Manager is a simple software that comes with your Inkling and is designed to help you prepare your files for distribution or further development in other creative software applications, like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator or Autodesk Sketchbook Designer.
OK - so that's the product demo - but what are the technical features?
|Digital Product: Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen http://inkling.wacom.com/|
|Owner/Distributor: Wacom http://www.wacom.com/|
|Summary of Technical Details:|
This is a brand NEW digital sketch pen. What's new is that can capture a digital likeness of your work while you sketch with its ballpoint tip on any sketchbook or standard piece of paper. (In other words you do not need a special tablet to sketch on).
This is the link to the Technical Specifications
What you buy: Inkling digital pen, Inkling receiver, Inkling charging case, batteries, USB cable, 4 spare ink cartridges, Inkling Sketch Manager application, quick start guide, online user′s manualRelease date: due mid-September 2011 (USA) no date identified as yet for other locations in Europe
|Retail Price: $199.99 / €169.90 / £?|
|Summary: It's a digital pen which has been designed for rough concepting and creative brainstorming. I take this to mean they've not yet worked out how to introduce the control required to achieve fine mark-making.|
|Target Audience: people who like digital tools for creative picture-making|
|Suitable for: Those who use pen and ink and are interested in how to digitise the process - but aren't particularly keen on carrying a tablet around with them.|
|Unsuitable for: |
|Technical Features: |
|Suppliers: Available from|
- Wacom (Europe/English) (USA/English)
- Mashable - Wacom Inkling Redefines Digital Drawing Christina Warren - Aug 31, 2011
- CNET - Wacom gives sketchers an Inkling of the future
- The Independent - Top new tech products: digital sketch pen... The Independent - Aug 31, 2011
- PC World - Digital Sketch Pen Captures Strokes As They Happen - John P. Mello Jr - Aug 30, 2011
What do people think about the Wacom Inkling?
That's the question!
I'm still looking for reviews by people who have seen this and used it and are artists not techies or technical journalists!
My initial thinking is that I like a fine line, lots of control and am not a fan of drawing with a ball point. It's also rather expensive and I don't like the fact we don't know how much replacement cartridges will cost. On that basis, I don't think I can currently make a case for trying this out.
However I might be persuaded when the proper user reviews start filtering through