This is a cool product. Obviously, the story talks about its applications for engineering use...but what about for artistic sketches? (I don't draw schematics, but I do draw people, buildings and landscapes.) Will this work for that?
Yes, the ISKN engineers had artists in mind when they created the iSketchnote--it was their consultant--Stephen Walsh who teaches electronics at NCSU and helped them with their product development who advised them that it would also be perfect for engineers. And in fact, their next-generation product, which Stephen says they already have working in the lab, uses real paint brushes of differnet sizes. When artists picks a brush size and paint on the paper, the iPad faithfully reproduces the correct brush stroke size on its screen. He also mentioned some kind of "pallette" system for picking colors.
Me too, but my main attraction is just the ability to make drawings. I don't know how many times I have been frustrated with the inability to conveniently digitize paper sketches I've made of "ideas"--the proverbial cocktail napkin sketch. You can run them through a scanner, or can use a stylus to make sketches directly on the iPad, but the iSketchnote gives you the best of both worlds and is always available, since the pad of paper is always right there inside the front cover. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best!
This is the product what needs to be a perfect companion for iPad users, but still the price is very high as compared to other iPad accessories. Since this product is using magnetometers and a passive pens with embedded ring magnets it will be very continent way to track the movement of pen without any contact mechanism, but still I think it will require some practice to get used to with it, as the pen will be sensed from certain distance from paper and that need to be intelligently prevented to disallow the false tracking of pen.