Wacom Inkling

Aug 31, 2011
Author: Evgeniy Sherstobitov
Photos: Wacom
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Inkling is a device by Wacom that convert hand-drawn sketches into digital images automatically.

The Inkling digital sketch pen captures a digital likeness of your work while you sketch with its ballpoint tip on any sketchbook or standard piece of paper. Designed for rough concepting and creative brainstorming, Inkling is ideal for the front end of the creative process. Later, refine your work on your computer using an Intuos4 tablet or Cintiq interactive pen display.

The Inkling digital sketch pen is comprised of both hardware and software components. Hardware includes the pen and a wireless receiver that captures a likeness of the sketch and stores it digitally. The ballpoint pen uses Wacom pressure-sensing technology to detect how hard the pen is being pressed to the paper while sketching. These pressure variations will appear in the digital version of your drawing.


The receiver can be clipped to the edge of standard paper or sketchbooks and the position can be adjusted for left or right handed users to provide the receiver with an uninterrupted line of sight with the pen tip. When sketching is complete, the receiver is connected to the user’s computer via USB to transfer the digital files. Files are opened with the included Inkling Sketch Manager software to manage layers or change file formats before transferring them for

adjustment and editing in other creative software applications.

Inkling can store thousands of sketches and can export layered files from the Sketch Manager software directly to Adobe® Photoshop® and Illustrator® (CS3 or newer), as well as Autodesk® Sketchbook Pro (2011 or newer).

Alternatively, files can be saved in JPG, BMP, TIFF, PNG, SVG and PDF formats for use with other applications. The pen and receiver store and recharge in a compact case making it easy to transport Inkling between, home, office, meeting rooms or any typical workspace.


  2 comments
  • Aonepathan 1st September 2011 | 03:32
    So does that mean digital and traditional media have just become one??? There are so many people who criticize that digital means is not good as traditional because the skill of sketching freehand is considered one of the most important in a designer's arsenal. But with this even that will be solved by technology...
    • bondusus 3rd September 2011 | 10:31
      Yes! ;)
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