INKI is a ballpoint pen with an innovative mechanism hidden inside. Thanks to the rapidly moving tip, you can create unique patterns while drawing.
Depending on the pressure you apply, the angle in which you hold the pen & the speed of drawing, you can change the shape and the intensity of the patterns.
You can create your own original & innovative style with INKI.
How does it work?
Why we have created the INKI pen?
Start of the journey
Looking back, we had a very limited & naive ambition when we created the first version of INKI.
We saw a lot of artists making awesome pointillism & dot drawings, and we were amazed at the numbers of hours-days-weeks they had to spent on the creation.
So, we designed & 3D-printed the first prototype to speed up the process.
We knew there was a problem with the first prototype: in some angles, the dots became weird shapes depending on how you used the pen.
Nevertheless, we showed the prototype to several artists to get their feedback - and, honestly, that was the best thing we could have done.
To our surprise, the artists absolutely loved that you could manipulate the shapes of the patterns in some angles.
"Wait, what? That's the only flaw... You actually like that ?"
Technology at the service of the artist
We changed our way of working. Our beta testing artists told us what they wanted, and we made it.
After a full year of testing & redesigning based on their feedback, we are finally 100% happy with the performance & the look and feel of INKI pen.
Right now we have a fully RTM (ready to manufacture) product.
Have a fun drawing!
Our goal is not to speed up the drawing process. We are not pretending to replace the traditional techniques of pointillism or dot drawing.
The INKI pen is just fun to create with, it opens your imagination and lets you draw with a fresh, unique style.
It will be extremely helpful for us if you share this project with your family and friends!
Risks and challenges
INKI is the RDM (Ready To Manufacture) Product.
Our team consists of 4 people who have been in hardware for more than 4 years. We are familiar with the manufacturing and fulfillment of consumer products. That being said, there is always the risk of delays due to multiple factors as for example, when a custom part should be produced we need to pass the order of raw materials also, then wait when it will be delivered to the factory, check if all conditions of the order were respected. Afterwards the tooling process starts which is a time taking procedure. When tooling is done it should be checked and tested by producing several units of samples and then all dimensions should be verified and confirmed. Regularly the very first sample is never the good one and requires the improvement etc.
Well, there are too many steps already where something might go wrong, however, we have necessary know-how and experience how to avoid eventual errors and mistakes. Our experience allows us to anticipate a lot of things in advance and get the appropriate result in a shorter period. Additionally, we have a completely ready to manufacture product many technical aspects have been already tested. One of the important thing that with our many years of experience we have established a solid relationship with our manufacturing partners and suppliers.
A lot of things as manufacturing, operations, logistics are already set up and ready to go.
We have our own suppliers and manufacturing partners who we were working for several years already with, we are confident in their and our quality of work.
Depending on your location or desired shipment destination your package will be sent from one of our fulfillment centers in the: USA, EU and Hong Kong. Once you complete your survey an order will be provided where you can track the status of your product/package in real-time 24 hours daily. All duties are prepaid, and VAT will be charged on your survey when you checkout. Please note that all VAT and customs expenses are paid before shipment.
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