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iSketchnote is a smart iPad cover that integrates a new digitizing technology with the convenience of a notebook.

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# NEW VIDEO

All the iSketchnote team wanted to say THANK YOU to all of the people that believe in us. This new video is for you! You’ll see some of the features of our current app, the new stretch goals and the incredible potential of the iSketchnote technology. 

$375,000: And for our last stretch goal, we’ll offer a new Green felt pen with your iSketchnote cover!

# STRETCH GOALS UNLOCKED

$325,000: iSketchnote Blue edition!

$300,000: iSketchnote Pink edition!
$250,000! We just reached our stretch goal!!! iSketchnote for PC and Mac!!!

No iPad, no problem! Now you will be able to connect your iSketchnote cover to your PC/Mac via a simple USB connection!  

$175,000! Our backers are amazing. First iSketchnote stretch goal is now unlocked !! Thank you all and let's spread the word !

Every iSketchnote backer ($119 reward minimum) will be able to choose between the classic iSketchnote cover and the iSketchnote Special Edition Cover at the end of the campaign!

PRESS COVERAGE

THE STORY

We love to doodle, make sketchnotes, and we love the iPad. We also love the feel of a pen travelling on a sheet of paper. But nothing existed that combined the power of the iPad with the comfort of writing on paper. So, we invented iSketchnote! 

None of the existing technologies provide the real experience of a pen and paper. So keep your habits and use the only technology that allows you to digitize your sketches and notes in real time.

No specific paper. No electronic pen. Just iSketchnote!

MIKE ROHDE IS SUPPORTING THE PROJECT!

How can we speak about Sketchnote without mentioning Mike Rohde?

His book fueled our interest in Sketchnote and sparked the idea for iSketchnote as well. If you want to learn more about Sketchnote, try the Sketchnote handbook and back the project!

The Sketchnoters community seems to appreciate iSketchnote on Twitter as well!

Doug Neil, Author of The Graphic Recorder

Sketchnoters and iPad enthusiasts, check this out! http://www.isketchnote.com/ Excited to see more. Well done @iSketchnote!

Rebecca Welch, founding director of no.41 consulting

Best of luck to @isketchnote on their @kickstarter journey with what looks like an incredible #sketchnote tool #iamin #visualcommunication 

VisualNotetaking.net, A curated blog covering the creative world of visual notes, visual recording, graphic facilitation, graphic recording and sketchnotes.  

@iSketchnote please let us know when your kickstarter campaign goes live. We'll post about it :)

A DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY

iSketchnote is a smart iPad cover that integrates a new digitizing technology with the convenience of a notebook: We call it ISKN Technology.

It’s a sensor matrix that recognizes and tracks our pens in real time. We also have eight patents pending and several others are in progress. Here are some of the various electronics prototypes we have experimented with.

1st electronics prototype

2nd electronics prototype

Our latest version

NATURAL PEN DESIGNED FOR ALL PEN AND PAPER LOVERS!

It's not "like a real pen" it is a real pen!
No battery, no electronics! Just a simple permanent magnet ring that is embedded into these classic pens.

For our Kickstarter campaign, we created a contemporary range of designs with a smart and trendy spirit. 

Early sketches

We used premium material with a special ABS soft touch. Today, the range is composed of three pens: one black ballpoint, one orange felt and one black felt.

We are currently establishing partnerships with LARGE pen companies so a full range of pens will be available soon!

Our electronics matrix recognizes the colour and tip of each iSketchnote pen thanks to the magnetic ring. But, we can associate individual pens to any of the colours in the app!

Initially, each pen is recognized for its real colour: you are drawing in orange so the colour will be orange on the app. But, under software control you can change the tip and colour of the pen so, for example, you can make an orange and black Sketchnote in your notebook but it will look blue and yellow on the app!

First real prototypes (ballpoint)

A USER-FRIENDLY FOLDABLE COVER ...

OPEN MODE

You can digitize your sketches and notes in real time!

Make some notes on your iPad and sketchnotes on your notebook at the same time. Watch a video on your iPad, take some notes, stop the video and your notes are already stored on your iPad.

Open Mode enables real-time sharing of your sketchnotes. Imagine you are drawing in your notebook in Paris and a friend of yours in London can see the result in live streaming thanks to the iPad!

MOBILE MODE

Imagine you're at a conference or in class, standing room only, no table, but need to take some notes…You have an idea while you are seated outside and you want to capture it on your knee…

This mode allows you to use the cover in a user-friendly position, directly on your knee or standing, without a screen.

iPADLESS MODE

Your iSketchnote cover works even without the iPad! Simply create all your sketchnotes on your iSketchnote cover and they will be automatically transferred to your iPad the next time you connect to it.

Initially, the iPadless mode only works with an iPad. We will provide a free Windows and Mac OS update to our backers as soon as it becomes available.

While an SD card isn’t provided, with a 4GB one you can store at least 100 pages – actually it’s more than 300 drawing hours. 

...WITH A CHIC FRENCH TOUCH

"I can't live or work without drawing – and I can't live or work without my computer and iPad. When the innovative engineers at iSketchnote asked me to join their team I thought it was my dream job come true! I just couldn't believe iSketchnote was that close to a reality.

With my team of designers, we brought our 25 years of product design experience, our network of top companies, added a touch of French styling, and made it all happen.

Hey designers, we need the iSketchnote! I'll be the first to get them kick-started on Kickstarter!"

More information on Inconito and Petzl.

Christophe's early sketches... 

CO-DESIGN THE iSketchnote APP

Contribute to the app design, add all the features you need … make the app of your dream! How? Back the project and take part in the development process. We will contact all our backers as soon as the Kickstarter campaign is finished.

We have the basics and all the technical features...

We've got a STAR feature called "Instant replay" (showed by Stephen on the Kickstarter video). Unlike your Smartphone photos, you'll be able to share the construction of your sketchnotes and not just the results!

Enhance your work on your iPad, back it up in your Gallery, and share it immediately on your favourite media sites.

First list of features:

  • Playback/Instant replay
  • Pen colour modifications – post iSketchnote creation
  • Pen tip modifications – post iSketchnote creation
  • Layers
  • Export formats

We have listed a set of possible features, but we are really open to your ideas and this is why we need your help during the co-design session to finish our app!

ISKETCHNOTE FOR DEVELOPERS 

You are a developer or a software business that wants to create or adapt an app for iSketchnote. How can I do that?

We are open for partnerships and we can provide the API (check out the rewards on the right)!

  • C++ API for Mac OS/Linux/Windows, objective C API for iOS
  • Sample Code
  • The API provides magnet position and orientation, recognition data and contact detection data of the pen
  • The API uses a USB connection for desktop platforms and a BLE interface for iPad and iPhone

APPS WE LOVE

Enrich the iSketchnote experience with your favourite apps. We are planning to contact Evernote, Paper, Penultimate, Vision Objects…You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter or on our Kickstarter page to suggest new partnerships or create your own application!

CONSUMER vs KICKSTARTER BACKERS

We expect that the suggested retail price for an iSketchnote will be $189 beggining May 2014. For all backers, the price will be $149 but for early birds, it's only $119 - a 37 % discount!

We aren't earning any money with this Kickstarter project, but we will succeed in launching our project with the manufacture of 1,000 iSketchnote covers!

Most importantly, we will give all our backers the opportunity to co-design the iSketchnote app!

TODAY

We have been working very hard for the last two years and have built several prototypes (electronics and app) and have even filed several patents on our technology.

We have already secured our components and are in discussions with several manufacturers. All we need now is your support to make this all a reality.

Our goal: to integrate our iSketchnote electronics into a sleek and sexy iPad cover!

$35,000? NOT MORE?

We are asking you to make a special effort to helps us produce the iSketchnote.

Obviously, we would like to raise more than $35,000 with your help ;). The $35,000 combined with our private money is enough for us to validate the iSketchnote concept and launch the first manufacturing round of 1,000 iSketchnote covers.

In addition to manufacturing the 1,000 iSketchnote covers, we will finish the latest updates to the electronics and upgrade the prototype from a USB connection to wireless.

We are currently working on the Bluetooth version of iSketchnote, but we need the funds from the Kickstarter campaign to finish the job.

Actually, we have already validated our Bluetooth design with a Windows prototype, but since iSketchnote is an iPad cover we still have more work to do.

Currently, we are working on the hardware and embedded software settings of our Bluetooth Low Energy Module to configure it as an external device able to communicate with an iOS device.

At the same time, as our iPad app will manage the wireless connection, we need some iPad software development using the iOS Bluetooth framework to scan, connect and share data with our electronics.

THE PLAN

PRODUCTION TIMELINE

It’s important to understand that we’ll produce iSketchnote in three parts: the electronics, the cover and the pens.

It’s easy and quick for an electronics factory to produce 1,000 devices. So we’ll get the chance to have an interactive process and, if necessary, to easily produce more covers. We are still evaluating our choice for manufacturer and currently have a short list of three companies.

To manufacture the iSketchnote cover, we need to integrate the electronics inside the cover, perform final tests and quality controls. We already chose an international company capable of marketing a wide and varied range of laptop and tablet bags. The factory for our cover is in Guangzhou, China, and has an annual production capacity of 800,000. Our designer, Christophe Chedal Anglay, will follow all the manufacturing process and bring his 25 years of product design experience to this crucial phase.

Concerning the pens, we already have the ballpoint pen prototype (check out the video) so we’ll make our feedback soon and production will be launch as soon as we have completed evaluation of the felt pen prototype.

July 2013:
  • We showed iSketchnote technology (USB prototype) and iSketchnote pens during the SIGGRAPH show in Anaheim. We enjoyed the visit of Apple, Google, Wacom, Samsung and many visitors who tested the technology and gave us important feedback.
August-September 2013:
  • Kickstarter, Kickstarter and Kickstarter! We've been working night and day to submit our project and meet Kickstarter’s guidelines and expectations. We also prepared the team to sleep a little bit less during September :) We plan to end our campaign by the end of September. As soon as we have reached our goal, we’ll expedite sourcing and manufacturing.
 October 2013:
  • Post crowdfunding period. Since we'll have already secured our components, we plan to launch sourcing in late October. The deadline will be early January, when we’ll launch preproduction and testing.
  • We’ll make our choice for the electronics manufacturer and send all our feedback for pen prototypes. 
  • 1st co-design session for the app. We have the basics and all the technical features (especially our "Instant replay" star feature), but since we want to co-design the app with ours supporters, we'll be organizing regular “co-design sessions” to incorporate your feedback and ideas in through our social media sites until the iSketchnote begins to ship.
November - December 2013:
  • We’ll begin to "tool up" for manufacturing the electronics and cover.
  • We’ll integrate all the feedbacks and ideas from the 1st co-design session on our iPad app.
  • Preproduction and testing for the pens.
January - February 2014:
  • CES in Las Vegas! As during the last SIGGRAPH, we’ll have a booth to demonstrate the power of our technology and give you the opportunity to try our latest iSketchnote Bluetooth enabled prototype. We’ll also get to meet the ISKETCHNOTE PIONEERS (check the rewards!).
  • 2nd co-design session.
  • Preproduction and testing for the electronics and cover: by this time, the transition from USB to Bluetooth will be complete.
  • Production for the pens.
March - April 2014:
  • Assuming all goes well in the preproduction and testing phases, we’ll launch the production run of (30 days) and the assembly of the iSketchnote.
May 2014:
  • The first wave of iSketchnote is scheduled to roll out to our Kickstarter backers!

WE WERE AT #SIGGRAPH2013!

To meet potential business and industrial partners, we were present at the latest SIGGRAPH event, July  21- 25, 2013 inAnaheim, CA.

Now in its 40th year, the SIGGRAPH conference is the premier international event on computer graphics and interactive techniques. SIGGRAPH 2013 is expected to draw more than 20,000 professionals from five continents to Anaheim, California. 

Tristan, co-founder of ISKN, was showing iSketchnote features on our stand

We showed iSketchnote technology, iSketchnote pens and also new devices that we are currently developing. We enjoyed visits of Apple, Google, Wacom, Samsung and many others who tested the technology and provided valuable feedback.

ELECTRONICS IS OUR BUSINESS.
USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN IS OUR PASSION.

We have been working very hard for the last two years with a multidisciplinary team of engineers and artists.

The Kickstarter project is directed by Jean-Luc VALLEJO and Timothee JOBERT. They have spent more than 10 years at LETI, a top French research institute in nano and microelectronics, leading R&D projects with international companies and start-ups (ST Microelectronics, SOITEC, IBM, NOKIA, and MOVEA).

In 2013, they founded ISKN, Inc, a company whose mission is to combine the natural experience of familiar tools with the power of technology. Using patented sensor technology (ISKN has eight patents pending and several others are in progress), the company is working to integrate ISKN technology into many new devices.

ISKN TEAM

Timothee Jobert

ISKN Co-founder. Timothee is a User Experience Designer specialized in new technology. He was Head of User Experience Design Group at CEA LETI, working on motion capture with MOVEA and ST ERICSSON. 

Jean-Luc Vallejo

ISKN Co-founder. Before being Business Manager at ISKN, Jean-Luc was Head of Laboratory at the CEA LETI. He was in charge of the MEMS production activity during seven years and he worked to capture the value created by research and development towards market applications and technology transfer.

Tristan Hautson

ISKN Co-founder. Tristan is an Embedded Software engineer and he has developed the technology for the last two years. Tristan is the inventor of the ISKN's eight patents pending.

Stephen Walsh

ISKN Co-founder. Stephen is an adjunct professor of ECE and former Director Engineering Entrepreneurs Program at NC State University, and an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Grenoble Ecole de Management. As part of his work, he coaches scientists and engineers at the French CEA LETI who are spinning out technologies into new products and companies. He has been involved with the iSketchnote team for several months.

Clement Rosset

Clement graduated from Grenoble Graduate School of Business. He is our Kickstarter project manager, working on business strategy.

Lydie Roure

Lydie is in charge of public relations. She has a background in Marketing and Communication. She is also the best Sketchnoter of the team!

Rabeb Aloui

Rabeb is a Software engineer who joined the team a year and a half ago to work on algorithmic aspects and user interface.

Guilhem Sauvagnac

Guilhem is a Hardware engineer. He designed the electronics for all the prototypes. He also works on algorithms integration on the microcontroller. 

Colin Aygalinc & Prince Arnaud Ramahefa-Andry

Recently graduated from engineer school, Colin and Arnaud are currently interns working on Bluetooth connectivity and battery integration.

THE REWARDS

HALL OF FAME - Pledge $1 or more

Every iSketchnote backer is welcome! Thank you very much for believing in this project. You will receive backer-only updates, have the opportunity to co-design the app with our community, and have your name put on our giant backer’s Sketchnote that will be broadcast on our website and on other social media.

iSKETCHNOTE PEN - Pledge $29 or more

Get the first set of iSketchnote pens! We created a contemporary set of THREE design pens with a smart, chic, and trendy look. Use it with your future iSketchnote cover or on your favorite notebook. One black ballpoint (lead 0.02 inches/0.5 mm, height 5.98 inches/152 mm, diameter 0.41 inches/10.5 mm); one orange felt (lead 0.04 inches/1 mm, height 5.51 inches/140 mm, diameter 0.47 inches/12 mm); one black felt (lead 0.04 inches/1 mm, height 5.51 inches/140 mm, diameter 0.47 inches/12 mm) PLUS Backer-only updates PLUS co-design the app PLUS giant backer’s Sketchnote

iSKETCHNOTE EARLY BIRDS - Pledge $119 or more

The first 200 backers get a complete iSketchnote pack for the crazy early bird Kickstarter price of just $119!!! That means you are saving $70 off the expected retail price for one iSketchnote Cover PLUS three iSketchnote pens! We can only offer a limited number at this price, so get ready to share your iSketchnotes with your friends! PLUS Backer-only updates PLUS co-design the app PLUS giant backer’s Sketchnote

iSKETCHNOTE - Pledge $149 or more

Weren’t able to get an early bird reward? Not a problem! You can still get a complete iSketchnote pack for the crazy Kickstarter price of just $149!!! It means that you are saving $40 off the expected retail price for one iSketchnote Cover PLUS three iSketchnote pens! We can only offer a limited number at this price, so get ready to share your iSketchnotes with your friends! PLUS Backer only updates PLUS co-designs the app PLUS giant backer’s Sketchnote

iSKETCHNOTE FOR IPAD MINI- Pledge $149 or more

iSketchnote cover for iPad mini! Especially for our supporters who expressly ask for it! PLUS three iSketchnote pens PLUS Backer-only updates PLUS co-design the app PLUS giant backer’s Sketchnote

iSKETCHNOTE DEVELOPERS - Pledge $199 or more 

Especially for developers who want to build their own app! We'll provide a complete iSketchnote pack plus an EARLY API ACCESS and technical support from our team to help you to get started!PLUS Backer-only updates PLUS co-design the app PLUS giant backer’s Sketchnote.

iSKETCHNOTE PIONEERS - Pledge $499 or more

Every backer will have the opportunity to be part of the app development community. But being an iSketchnote pioneer means that you will have the opportunity to be part of ALL of the development process! You get privileged access to Timothee and all the rest of the team. In addition, if you can make it to the next CES 2014 in Las Vegas, you will get the chance to test the iSketchnote beta version and have a French-style dinner with the team while you’re there! PLUS $149 rewards PLUS Backer only updates PLUS co-designs the app PLUS giant backer’s Sketchnote

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS - Pledge $4,999 or more

Welcome to Paris, France!!! For a pledge of $4,999, we invite you to be our guest for a fantastic visit to Paris. We will contact you to arrange your visit, and we'll deal with the tickets, hotel, and restaurants for a special weekend…plus a special French-style guide. ;) Enjoy the Moulin Rouge, tour the Eiffel Tower and Sacré Coeur, have some baguettes, chocolates, and more… You will also receive a personalized iSketchnote pack from the founders – including the app with some unique features – and have a private meeting with the team to learn more about our technology and the story behind the iSketchnote.

SPECIAL THANKS

BDI Team, Stephen & Maureen, Majda, Elisabeth, Valerie, Etienne, CEA LETI, IRT NanoElec, Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM), GRAIN, Mike Rohde and everyone who helped us during the project creation! 

TRADEMARKS

  • APPLE and iPad are trademarks of Apple, registered in the US and other countries.
  • MOLESKINE is a trademark of Moleskine, registered in the US and other countries.
  • PENULTIMATE and EVERNOTE are trademarks of Evernote, registered in the US and other countries.
  • Paper 53 is a trademark of FiftyThree, registered in the US and other countries.
  • SKETCHNOTE is a trademark of Mike Rohde, registered in the US and other countries.
  • MyScript Notes Mobile is a trademark of Vision Objects, registered in France and other countries.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Project Timelines
Unlike many projects, we have already secured the iSketchnote components and have lined up a manufacturing partner. We are working with a French company that has significant experience in mass production both here and abroad. Product feasibility is not a problem, but holding multiple suppliers to our schedule could pose a risk. We’ll do everything in our power to deliver the iSketchnote pen and cover on time, but we are dealing with multiple suppliers, which could pose a schedule risk.

Financial Forecast
Will $35,000 really be enough to meet our goal? We think so. As we said, the $35,000 combined with our private money is enough for us to validate the iSketchnote concept and launch the first manufacturing round of 1,000 iSketchnote covers. Our operating margin for this round of manufacturing is small. Unexpected problems could cut into that margin, but we are prepared for it.

Electronic Development
Electronics is our business, but design is our passion. iSketchnote will need some additional development as we bridge the gap between our USB prototype and our Bluetooth prototype. In addition, we are also working to improve the user interface and stability of the iSketchnote calibration technology.

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