Maybe I’m old school, but if I wanna brainstorm, I gotta use a pen and paper, or in other cases a white board and dry erase marker. I don’t know it for fact, but I’m willing to wager the process taps into the creative part of my brain that is otherwise left out when I’m typing away on a keyboard. In any event I’m much more free-spirited with an ink writing tool and hence the idea behind Adobe’s Project Mighty.
Project Mighty is purely in the concept phases, though Adobe’s VP of Product Experience, Michael Gough, attests to using it for the last year. Unlike Wacom’s Stylus, which includes hardware to sense pressure changes on the pen’s tip, Adobe’s is designed to do it through the app. And the app can discern between a finger, say for erasing or zooming, versus the pen, which should significantly reduce frustration and increase efficiency when doodling. Also included is a ruler, a first for a tablet drawing accessory and one that will surely help further bridge the technical gap between a Wacom touchscreen and Adobe’s Mighty Project on a tablet computer. It’s not entirely clear how it will work, but the app will be able to detect the ruler’s position, assist in drawing straight lines and probably a myriad of other features. Of note, the stylus also includes some memory storage and a rechargeable battery.
While I know that the Mighty Project stylus and ruler will connect over Bluetooth to the iPad, it’s still not known when and if it will come to market. Adobe also hasn’t said much about the accompanying app either, so at this point it’s all up in the air. That all being said, the iPad isn’t exactly a suitable replacement to a Wacom tablet or touchscreen device as there is still a very evident delay when drawing, something Microsoft’s Surface is said to lack.