Welcome Wacom’s new Inkling Digital Pen

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Wacom’s new Inkling Digital Pen is bridging the gap between sketching by hand and drawing on the computer.  The technology allows you to sketch anywhere on paper with a pressure sensitive pens, that can pick up 1024 levels of sensitivity and an electronic receiver that clips onto the drawing medium.  The information is stored onto the device, which has room for up to 50 projects and can then be transferred via a USB connection as digital media to a computer.

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Wacom’s media software allows you to import the sketch as a vector file and a rasterized file in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, which provides ease of editing.  The receiver also allows you to assign your pen strokes to multiple layers and is stored for digital editing.  For now, the digital pens will only be available as ballpoint pens with interchangeable nibs.   The new Wacom Inkling Pen combines “traditional, freehand sketching and digital development by capturing a digital likeness of a pen-on-paper sketch.”  The pen and receiver imitate the process of drawing by hand, yet allowing you to think through the process of drawings as you would on a computer – with considerations for layers, future editing, pixels versus vectors.


Cite: Vinnitskaya, Irina. "Welcome Wacom’s new Inkling Digital Pen" 12 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=168203>
  • http://uptodayarch.blogspot.com up_today_arch

    good principle) better than scaner…)

    • Jonatan Lige

      Genius tool for designers and architects, I’d love to have one!

  • Jonatan Lige

    Genius tool, I’d love to have one!

  • andrew

    uau. what a waste of creativity. how can this fix the ‘gap’ between…what? why use a presure pen when i can draw on paper and its the same thing..

    • oldschool

      well, a sketch is still a 2-d drawing. This technology allow for the sketch to be a vector…

      Sketches cannot be manipulated – they are just jpgs.

      its a great technology (seemingly) and its way better than manually turning a sketch into a vector file.

    • Archreviewer

      What’s the point in having an online subscription when you can buy them in the shop? Searchable sketching in the future…

  • John

    Does this product integrate with tablet so the tablet is a sketch pad and the srttlus can be programmed as a brush in the future

  • youngwang

    richard meier is really awesome, and so does it products.