The iPad would seemingly be perfect for sketching and note-taking, but in practice… sadly that’s not the case. Fortunately, though, there are products willing to jump into the breach, such as the iSketchNote.

Write On A Notepad, Back It Up To iPad

The iSketchNote is actually pretty simple to use; it’s an iPad cover that integrates a set of sensors and requires a pen with a magnet. The pen itself, though, is intentionally nothing special; it’s just a ballpoint with a magnet in the case.

Why a magnet? Because that’s how your notes get transferred to your iPad; once you open the app and start writing, your gestures are automatically translated to the iPad, giving your notes a backup.

Yes, Magnets, This Is How They Work

The key aspect of the iSketchNote is that you just need the cover, the pens, and an iPad; you can use any sheet of paper to create the note-taking. The magnet is tracked by sensors in the cover, so as you doodle, write out text, or otherwise create on a sheet of paper, any sheet of paper, that data is transferred directly to the iPad and thus you’re able to keep everything in two forms. If they hit a stretch goal, you’ll also be able to do this with a computer via a USB connection, making it doubly useful.

More Ambition


That said, we would like to see a little more flexibility with this. How about some magnets you can attach to your own pens? How about some compatibility with Photoshop, so you can more easily sketch in elements? Of course there’s a version for developers on the way, since this is a Kickstarted piece of technology, but even so, there’s a lot more potential here than even the device’s developers seem to realize.

If you want one, you’d better hurry; it’s currently $149 but they’re running out of early bird rewards fast.

Dan Seitz

Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.