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10/11/2013 02:54 PM EDT
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junko.yoshida
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junko.yoshida   10/12/2013 5:49:05 AM
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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?

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R_Colin_Johnson   10/12/2013 8:55:07 PM
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@Junko "what about for artistic sketches?"

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.

 

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junko.yoshida   10/13/2013 4:23:49 AM
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Great! I am definitely in the market for that next version!

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rick merritt   10/13/2013 4:26:24 AM
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Junko: Have you ever tried skteching on an iPad? My duo patner has done some using an app she found. I suppose the feel of the screen/surface you draw on is a big issue.

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junko.yoshida   10/13/2013 8:31:12 AM
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No, Rick, I've never tried it. I can easily imagine how strange it must feel to draw on the surface of the iPad.

While I am an occasional artist with a keen interest in drawing, I am actually very particular about the paper I use. But I am trying to branch out and am willing to try different media. 

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stephenwalsh   10/21/2013 10:19:18 AM
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Hello Junko, The product was developed specifically with the artist in mind. The application of the technology in the classroom is just one of the niches that ISKN intends to experitment with as we further develop the business model. I suggest you look at http://sketchnotearmy.com/ (not affiliated with ISKN) for additional ideas on how the iSketchnote can be applied. Best, Stephen

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Old carbon copy paper?
_hm   10/12/2013 7:53:52 PM
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This looks very interesting. Hope to see mor refined version with equally powerful application software.

It reminds of old days carbon copy paper.

 

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R_Colin_Johnson   10/12/2013 9:00:06 PM
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@_hm "reminds of old days carbon copy paper"

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!

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_hm   10/13/2013 8:38:38 AM
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@R_Colin: Yes, it is very effective idea. I also read about electroinc paper. This electronic paper is conventional paper, but it can be written and erased. Was it from Xerox?

Or as alternate, writing surface like that similar to kids toy, which can be erased after sketch is stored in iPad.

 

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How will they add color and shades?
_hm   10/13/2013 8:40:26 AM
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Next step in innovation is to add color and shades capability. As Junko mentioned, it will be good for arttist and kids too.

 

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iSketchNote Product in need
Kinnar   10/14/2013 6:15:44 AM
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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.

 

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