Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 Posted by Jim Thacker

New Wacom pen saves your sketches in digital form

Ever wished you could transfer your sketches to the computer without having to scan them? Wacom may have the solution – and it’s one of the most desirable tech toys we’ve seen this year.

The company’s new Inkling digital pen records a user’s movements, automatically saving a digital copy of whatever they draw. Just upload the files to your PC, and you’re done.

How it works
Unlike existing systems such as Livescribe, the Inkling does not require special paper: instead, a small receiver unit can be clipped over the top of a notebook or piece of drawing paper.

The maximum drawing area is also a very reasonable A4 (similar to Letter size but taller, for those who work in North American paper sizes).

Sketches can be saved in a range of vector or bitmap formats, including layered formats, with native support for Photoshop, Illustrator and SketchBook Pro.

The pen uses a standard 1mm black ballpoint cartridge, and has up to 8 hours of battery life.

The proof of the system will be in how it feels to use: from the video, the pen itself looks a touch fatter than we’d like. But if it’s even half as cool as it looks, we’ve just discovered what we want for Christmas.

The Inkling is due to ship in mid-September and will cost $199.

Visit the Inkling product site