Adobe’s Project Mighty and Napoleon Now Reborn As Adobe Ink and Slide

Back in May of last year, Adobe showed off two working prototype drawing tools for the iPad – the Project Mighty Stylus and the Napoleon digital ruler. Today these two devices become officially consumer-ready as the Adobe Ink and Slide. The two devices are both formed using hydro-formed aluminium shells and bear a minimalist design having lost some of the LEDs found on their predecessors…



Back in May of last year, Adobe showed off two working prototype drawing tools for the iPad – the Project Mighty Stylus and the Napoleon digital ruler. Today these two devices become officially consumer-ready as the Adobe Ink and Slide.

The two devices are both formed using hydro-formed aluminium shells and bear a minimalist design having lost some of the LEDs found on their predecessors. The Ink features up to 2048 levels of pressure and comes with a carrying case that doubles as a charging station.

The stylus attaches to the charging station via magnets and charges using a micro USB cable. Recharging time takes more or less an hour, which allows for around 8 hours of usage. The Ink is very accurate and precise thanks to the use of Adonit Pixelpoint technology.

The Slide on the other hand doesn’t have its own battery. Instead it uses a capacitive coupling between the user’s hand and the iPad. As a straight edge, the Slide’s main purpose is to make straight lines with ease, but Adobe has taken the usability of the device further by allowing it to create other shapes such as ellipsis, triangles, curves, etc.

Adobe is building an SDK for both the Ink and the Slide in order for developers to take full advantage of the hardware. The two devices work best with Adobe’s new iPad apps – the Line and the Sketch. Users might also require a Creative cloud membership to take advantage of cloud-connected features including the Pen tip menu, access to Kuler themes, a cloud-based clipboard and sharing to Behance.

The Ink and the Slide is now available through Adobe’s website for US$199.99.

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