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The WriteLight

The Pitch:

The WriteLight is the size of a ballpoint pen so it fits easily into your pocket and is ready to go just like your phone’s camera. It gives you a an easy to use secondary light source when taking photos with your camera phone.

The Idea:

I work with a few people that love photography, including myself.  We’ll take pictures with anything.  Now thanks to great cell phone cameras I never feel like I’m without something that will capture a pretty decent image.  But I always feel the flash is lacking on these phone.  Look I get it I’m expecting way too much from a phone camera flash.

One day we were playing around with our camera phones and trying out alternative lighting.  Like pen lights and small LED lights.  Then I realized what I wanted was a light that had a bunch of lights like the ones in cell phones, mainly because they are bright.  Since I’m an artist I’m always carrying around pens.  So I came up with the WriteLight.

You can vote on it at Quirky and if we’re lucky maybe they’ll make it!

I didn’t want a light that attached to the camera or supplements the camera light.  I wanted a light that could be positioned any where around your subject work like a video light, add more visual drama and best of all fit in my pocket right next to all my favorite pens.

Key Features:

  • Size of a regular pen.
  • 8 Super Bright LEDS
  • SWIPE your Light. Swipe across the length of the pen to turn on the lights one at a time.
  • The more lights the brighter it will be.
  • Color Knob so you can change the color of the light to add even more lighting effects.
  • Rechargeable by a USB cord or use the USB adapter power supply to recharge the light pen.
  • Has a clip to hang off a short. But could come with an accessory that acts like a tripod.
  • Different finishes to match peoples phones. Chrome, White, Black

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Yes I want this

Wacom just saved me a LOT of money… For $199 I’M IN! Now I don’t feel the need to buy an iPad or a tablet PC. I much prefer the feel of paper and pencil or pen when I’m sketching. I guess that’s just part of the old school I’m just not going to kick. Plus it looks like it will fit right in to my pen bag. I also like that it’s compatible with CS3 which means no major upgrades. Looking forward to playing with vector versions of my sketches!

If you need a tester Wacom just drop me a line.

Find out about the Inkling here.

Thanks Adam for sharing this!

Panic Button

Look I made a USB Stick! Big Deal right? Well let me explain. I’ve been thinking about this device for a while and while it might look like a simple USB stick it’s not. It’s really a panic switch.

I think about this panic switch every time I hear about something bad happening to a child or a woman. This panic switch is on my mind a lot because of the 8 year old that was murdered while he was walking home by himself for the first time.  My heart goes out to the family.

The idea here is this is a call for help. Sure you can give your kids a cell phone but I’m not sure they will always be able to use it plus it might be pretty obvious to anyone doing some harm to someone they are making a call for help.  Think of it as that secret button the banker pushes when the bad bank robbers burst in.

This looks like a harmless USB stick. But once the switch is pulled this device would call all the programmed phone numbers, start broadcasting it’s location, sniffing for wifi, and listen in on it’s surroundings.

Features:

  • Built in Mic
  • GPS
  • WiFi Sniffer
  • Auto-dialer
  • Average looking USB Stick

The Cradle:
The Panic Switch is married to the Cradle via Bluetooth and only that device can reprogram or disable it.  It’s not really a USB stick and can’t be connected to anything other than that cradle.

It’s a panic switch that you don’t even have to think about it’s just one action and you’ve let the world know you are in trouble.  I’ve thought about this device for a long time and the idea of how cool it could look, or what the shape would be.  The more I thought about it it the more I realized it shouldn’t be something that stands out.  It shouldn’t give itself away as a safety device or a panic switch.  If the bad guy knows you have it they might take it away from you.  I wish cell phone companies would offer a device like this to parents at a low price point of about 59 bucks.  Seems like something that could be done.  What do you think?

UPDATE:
I’ve been contacted by several people that are looking for such a device. Simon is currently working on a similar product you can find out more about his idea at Pretty Panic. It’s a great idea, help support it.

New sketch tool sorta…

It is GREAT! Okay but it’s NOT new it’s so 2010! Harmony web app for sketching is a very fast and easy tool to use for scribbling down some ideas. For me it’s great for organic objects, creatures, plants and landscapes. Mechanical stuff not so much but I’m sure that’s just me. The images below were created in minutes I mean like 5 or less. You don’t need much time when using this tool. This is great for testing a concept or whipping out a ton of ideas in minutes. Shapes, silhouettes and value studies anything like that that needs more speed than thinking.

Someone pointed this site out to me a year ago and I tried it out for a little bit and I put it aside but not now. I’m sketching a lot more lately so this is a good tool to have around.

So I’m going to start leaving a tab open for this and when I’m rendering or thinking about tweeting maybe I’ll just do a sketch instead.

Thanks Mr.Doob (on Twitter) for creating such a quick and fun tool to sketch with.

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Sketch Thursday

Yes I like to draw spaceships. I’m trying to get back into the habit of drawing more and more. On Thursdays now the other artists I work with have decided to take up sketching at lunch. Two of my favorite things food and drawing! So at least once a week I’ll post more drawings. Hope you like them and as always comments welcome.

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