The iSketchnote for the iPad launched a Kickstarter campaign today seeking $35,000 in funding, and the campaign has already reached over $20,000 in pledges. With one look at the device it is easy to see why.
The iSketchnote is a drawing pad that links directly to an iPad via an app. The device promises the ability to draw with pen and paper and have that writing translate directly to your tablet in real-time. For creatives that still have an affinity for the tangible, this is an incredible featureset.
Sketchnoting is actually an approach to note taking that underlies the iSketchnote’s value prop. Sketchnoters write their notes in the form of sketches, which some believe make them more useful and engaging. These notes are like the non-digital cousin of the ubiquitous infographic.
However, the reach of this device will extend beyond sketchnoting. Selfishly, the web developer in me wants this for rapid pen and paper prototyping.
The iSketchnote works using a special pen with a small magnetic ring that tells the device when the user is drawing. Other than that ring, the pen is just a pen, so the user experience is said to be very natural. The campaign page hints at additional pens coming out down the line, but the iSketchnote should initially ship with three pen options: black ballpoint, orange felt and black felt. The colors stay true when transferred to the iOS app that is to come with the device, but the colors can also be changed in-app.
The entire device also doubles as a cover for the iPad, so it can go with the user anywhere and everywhere without adding a significant amount of bulk.
The device also boasts an open API, so developers can riff on the functionality of the iSketchnote in the future.
There is a robust team of UX professionals, developers and designers behind the device, so backers should take comfort in their device arriving eventually. The team admits that delivering on-time will be a challenge (it always is!) but manufacturing is said to be lined up already.
Claim to an early iSketchbook will set backers back $119 as long as early bird units remain available. After that the pledge level will jump to $189.
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