View Full Version : Wacom's New Inkling Pen

09-12-2011, 04:20 PM
Apparently, it's like a normal pen but as you draw on a paper, it will digitize straight onto the computer. It's Wacom's latest product and will become available mid-September for $199USD. It also does layers which is kind of neat.

Personally, I think it's pretty cool. I'm not really that great drawing directly onto the computer using a tablet so this will be a nice tool to use to bridge that gap. Thoughts?

Official page here: http://wacom.com/en/Products/Inkling.aspx

Promo videos:




09-12-2011, 04:23 PM
Yea I heard about this. Sounds pretty interesting, but I'm kinda doubting it's effectiveness you know? Guess I'll have to try it myself.

09-12-2011, 04:51 PM
I hear ya. I want to see some reviews first and wait awhile to see how people like it.

From what I was looking at in the specs, though, the downfall of it is that you can't obstruct the receiver, can't use it on sunlight (UV rays mess up the receiver), and you can't use rulers or any other types of templates because it messes up with the receiver. Other than that, it saves your work at 600 dpi, has refillable pen points (just get it at your local office store), save in layers, and animation of your drawing from start to finish.

Well, like I said, I'll wait to see the reviews... :3

09-12-2011, 05:09 PM
I kinda want this. looks cool. It has some obvious problems but, hey, so does every invention the first time around

09-12-2011, 05:37 PM
Yeah, I read about this a few days ago. It seems interesting, but it would serve no purpose for me, seeing as my traditional art is super messy and I would rather just use a tablet at home. If I was interested in getting it, I'd wait a year or two for them to iron out the hiccups, though.

09-12-2011, 05:52 PM
Looks nice, but I agree. I think its going to have the obvious problems, such as not getting what you draw and what not.

Not worth the 200 dollars. I say, if it was like 100-120, maybe worth a buy. But eh.

09-12-2011, 06:54 PM
Um, why not just keep a sketchbook and a good felt-tip pen? I mean, it's not like you can't use a good scanner and a few seconds of Photoshop...

09-12-2011, 09:07 PM
Yeah, I definitely wouldn't want to fork out $200 for it. Like Hamachi said, you can just buy yourself a scanner and sketch supplies for the same price. You get more mileage out of that anyway.

09-13-2011, 10:24 AM
old news to me, but I so want one now and heard its only 200, I am so getting it.

09-13-2011, 11:36 AM
Well im kinda interested cuz my traditional sketches look way better then digital finished pieces but yeah it aint something really awesome.

09-13-2011, 05:27 PM
My dad showed me this about a week ago. The idea of sketching with vectors and layers traditionally is awesome. My tablet and sketchbook are just fine for now, though, and I definitely don't have another $200 to throw around.

09-13-2011, 07:08 PM
I sell Wacom stuff where I work, they whole range is pretty neat tbh. I do think they are worth the money, but it also depends what you want from it. Personally, I think it's so much more convenient and versatile.

09-13-2011, 09:03 PM
A friend was using a similar pan at univerity. That is a 2-3 years ago. You just write and it saves an image of your drawing/writing. The cool part was that it also recorded the sound. He used it at lectures. When you transfer the data to a computer you can read your lecture and click on a specific text/image to hear what sound was recorded at this time. Was kind-a cool.

So it's not something new but I bet Wacom made a great device here.

09-13-2011, 10:41 PM
similar to what violin was saying, I actually have owned a somewhat similar device for about 4 or so years now. Though this seems like a vast improvement; i don't have layers or pressure sensitivity, on top of that this seems more portable (the thing i have is a full clipboard and pen combo). Although thinking on it, I suppose the thing i have wasn't necessarily designed for artists; the bundled software was supposed to be able to take written text and convert it to a text document, could never read my handwriting though.

09-19-2011, 02:17 PM
Very interesting. Perhaps as the tech becomes more efficient and effective prices will drop. Then I will seriously consider this

09-24-2011, 04:44 AM
Um, why not just keep a sketchbook and a good felt-tip pen? I mean, it's not like you can't use a good scanner and a few seconds of Photoshop...
it returns your image into vector. It is a big deal. no more pulling on bezier curves.

09-29-2011, 02:49 PM
It think it's just a matter of how you work with your images digitally and for your own convenience. If you work with vector, for example, this is an absolute plus since you don't have to redraw your drawing. If you want to draw traditionally but keep separate layers digitally like this:

...then this would also be convenient.

It's kind of interesting to hear there were similar tech in use already but for different purposes. I wonder how far Wacom will this into the future. Speaking of which, they've improved their Cintiq and is now available in HD (http://wacom.com/en/Products/Cintiq/Cintiq24HD.aspx).


09-29-2011, 11:02 PM
Hopefully this means the current Cintiqs will become dirt cheap. But then again they probably won't for a while. Stupid technology copyright laws and all that.

09-30-2011, 12:54 AM
Wish I had a workspace that cool. That guy looks hella into it.

09-30-2011, 02:01 PM
Hopefully this means the current Cintiqs will become dirt cheap. But then again they probably won't for a while.This. Either that or they create a line of Cintiqs that are more affordable than the ones they currently have kind of like the Bamboo vs Intous line.

Btw, someone mentioned here before that they were going to get a Cintiq. I wonder if they got it yet... <_<