I'm constantly being amazed by other people's creative design ideas. Take the computer stylus, for example. If you asked me to design a new one, I'm pretty sure that whatever I came up with would pretty much look like a re-imagined pencil (with a softer, blunter point, of course).
Do you use a stylus? I've tried on occasion, but I've never really enjoyed the experience. I'm not sure what it is about them, but I just don’t seem to be able to get the results I want. Maybe this is about to change…
I just heard from my chum Mike Hibbett, an electronics design hero based in Dublin, Ireland. It seems that Mike is currently working on the electronics portion of a mega-cool Scriba Kickstarter project.
Scriba is the first product from a group called Dublin Design Studio. If this little rascal is as successful as I think it's going to be, then the folks at Dublin Design Studio could have a bright future ahead of them.
If you look at the Kickstarter video, you'll see that they've prototyped their way through a lot of design iterations to achieve a truly cool look and ergonomic feel.
Scriba combines a traditional touch-screen interface approach with a Bluetooth Low-Energy capability that can be used to enhance the user experience. There aren’t any buttons — instead, you control Scriba with a gentle squeeze.
This simple gesture can be used to control all sorts of things, such as changing attributes like the color and/or line-weight and providing access to a variety of software functions.
These folks really seem to have thought this out. For example, Scriba can detect if you are drawing lines of consistent weight, in which case it can automatically fix the line-weight for you. Whenever you wish to change, a full depress returns Scriba it its free-flowing drawing mode.
This Kickstarter project went live earlier today, and they've already reached 10% of their goal. My fingers are crossed for them and I will be watching this project with interest in the weeks to come. Maybe we'll be able to talk the folks from Dublin Design Studio into coming and giving a presentation on the design and implementation of Scriba at ESC next year.