New stylus brings digital sketching to the next level

Without buttons, users can change the weight of the stylus’ stroke.

July 20, 2015 |
New stylus brings digital sketching to the next level

Countless 3D-printed prototypes were tested, and Scriba’s final design was found to give the least fatigue to users. Photo courtesy Scriba via getscriba.com

It’s hard to beat a pen or pencil on paper, but architect David Craig and Dublin Design Studio are making an attempt. ArchDaily reports that the team has launched a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter for Scriba—a stylus designed to make sketching on tablets more natural than ever.

With input from illustrators, designers, architects, animators, and artists, the team developed a stylus that “avoids the traditional approach to styluses, realizing that a digital tool should do more than emulate pens or pencils,” the article says.

The result is an ergonomic body that curves in a loop with a hollow middle. No buttons means the user controls line weights and program functions with their grip, just like any non-digital drawing or writing device.

Countless 3D-printed prototypes were tested, and Scriba’s final design was found to reduce the user’s fatigue.

The device itself was also built to last, with a battery life of 35 days of constant use, or six months on standby.

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