Special thanks to @jedness for bringing this to my attention this morning.
The Inkling by Wacom.
Wacom introduces Inkling, a new digital sketch pen that captures a digital likeness of your work while you sketch with its ballpoint tip on any sketchbook or standard piece of paper.
On the surface this looks pretty incredible. I could see some limitations but over all it could be quite revolutionary for illustrators. It says to not block the sensor tip so you might have learn a different way of holding your Wacom pen.
The Inkling is a device you clip to the top or side of your paper. It is paired with a wacom stylus that is a ink pen. There is a sensor in the tip of the pen that sends the signal to the device. There is an option of clicking a button on the Inkling to start a new drawing layer. When you are finished drawing, plug it into a USB port on your computer and import it as a vector file into Illustrator.
I wonder how it handles written words? Maybe you could use it to sketch ideas during a meeting and then share it later on. It could work similar to how Adobe Ideas does for iPad. If you don't have an iPad this could be a good alternative. There is the bonus of actually having the tactile feel of pen on paper.
What do you think? Is this something you would buy?
Inkling by Wacom $199