About this project
Sydney Morning Herald "The pen that revolutionises your iPad"
Robert Scoble - "Collusion App is cool looking and reminds me again to participate more on Kickstarter."
CNET - "Taking over the world requires cooperation: try Collusion"
Macworld - "Collusion – iPad pen productivity tool"
Geek.com - "Collusion brings super high-resolution pen input to the iPad"
Check out real user feedback from our Kickstarter Backer Preview event in Sydney.
What and why
As much as we love our iPads, they’re much better suited to consuming media than creating it. Whenever we wanted to sketch, note, plan or do something productive, we found ourselves reaching for a pen and paper instead of our iPads.
We felt our thousand dollar machines were going to waste. So we took a year to see if we could make the iPad finally outperform our trusty notebooks. We combined an ultra high resolution pen, a real-time cloud service and productivity tools to do it.
Collusion lets you, your friends and colleagues collaborate on the same idea in real time.
At worst, we created a giant collaborative digital whiteboard that can be used simultaneously from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. At best, it’s been called revolutionary.
Things you can do with it
Although we’re still developing, you can import text, pictures and more onto a freeform canvas and start annotating, organizing and adding information to your thoughts and designs.
Everything you and your colluders do on your canvas is synchronised in real time across all your iPads.
The pen is so precise that we’ve seen art battles take place. At one point, extra people jumped in and helped add shading and colour in real time.
When ideas need more room, you can zoom in on anything on the canvas to create a new space for them. It’s a feature we call Deep Field.
Right now, we’ve got handwriting recognition, audio recording for meetings and pen annotation of typed documents. There’s loads more features in our roadmap that we’ll be announcing soon.
Everything you and your collaborators do in Collusion is protected with strong encryption too.
Some examples we've observed so far:
- Design Firms using Collusion instead of email to dramatically speed communication with their clients (instantaneous) and avoid dropping the ball due to lost messages, and things "falling through the cracks".
- Architecture Practice using it connected to a large display to help client interaction.
- Multinational Enterprise using it as a non video telepresence tool for teleconference / inter-office meetings.
- CEOs and GMs using it to more effectively manage their teams with an easy way to view projects live.
- Software Developers in a virtual team using it as a shared scratch pad, right next to their laptops.
- Movie Producers using Collusion to efficiently co-ordinate an army of people.
- Students sharing the task of writing notes on slides during a lecture (dramatically reducing their workload) in a round-robin for each slide.
- Senior Executives and Lawyers co-signing the same legal document in real-time - in different countries - eliminating the need to express courier contracts.
Everything you see in the video is is from an existing prototype. And we've only scratched the surface of what Collusion can do.
How do I get it?
We need your help to fund hardware manufacture, further software development and to hold off on taking venture capital for the time being so we can keep a laser focus on putting your interests first till we get our Beta out the door.
You can grab the basic pack by pledging $129 to the project. We’ll send it out in October, after we’ve finished our beta trial.
If you’d like to have a say in the feature set and help us iron out some bugs, select a higher pledge. As a Beta Backer you’ll also get Collusion in September and 2 touch only preview accounts so you can work and play with your friends, which will be active until the public launch in October.
For a bit more, you can get a leather folio that’s designed to protect and hold your receiver, pen and iPad in a ready-to-go configuration (more info below).
There’s also multiple packs if you want to chip in with mates and save even more, pilot packs if you want to arm your team with Collusion, and party + patron packs if you want to come meet, dine and party with us.
All reward levels include Pen, Receiver, App, Cloud Service. See our website for a detailed explanation of each reward level including the Distributor Pack.
You can also help us spread the word if you think Collusion looks awesome. We’d greatly appreciate it.
Premium Leather Folio
Impeccably designed for Collusion and constructed from premium materials - the folio completes the collusion experience, by balancing form and function.
The Folio is a little taller than a typical iPad case to accomodate and protect the Collusion Dock, that way it can remain attached when not in use. We think it is a practical and beautiful solution that eliminates the need to keep track of the pen and receiver.
With the folio, your pen and receiver have a home; ready to use at a moments notice. Perfect for the professional user, essential for meetings and people on-the-go.
The story so far
About a year ago we set ourselves the challenge to crack writing and drawing on the iPad - to do it properly. We drew inspiration from the magic experiences glimpsed through Google Wave (Thanks Lars!), Microsoft Courier and Microsoft SeaDragon. The big opportunity we saw was to define the iPad's talent as the personal productivity tool of choice. We saw our chance to 'think different' and we went for it.
Today we have working product, MFI hardware approval from Apple and, Apple App Store Approval. Please read on for how we're delivering Collusion to you:
Robert brings over 12 years experience as a tech entrepreneur, currently advisor and mentor to the board of OrionVM – the fastest cloud hosting service in the world. Former GM of Video at Telstra (Australia’s largest telco), managing the development and market entry of the most popular VOD service in the country (Tbox BP Movies). Prior to which he spent his early 20’s building two start-up companies focused on tablet software & hardware innovation.
With degrees in Software Engineering and Finance from University of Technology Sydney, ‘Sumo’ brings over 15 years experience gained over 20 successful projects, most recently he has brought groundbreaking innovations to the Australian legal industry; engineering new scalable methods of e-discovery, document processing and management.
‘Nav’ brings a degree in electronics and computing from M.I.T. NZ. Nav currently is a senior product development engineer of branded products at Dick Smith Electronics (the equivalent of Fry’s in Australia), having brought over 200+ consumer electronics products to market. Nav is also co-founder of ‘Cofounder Speed Date’.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will the Collusion Pen and Receiver work with my iPad?
Collusion is designed to work with the iPad 2 and the New iPad. Unfortunately, Collusion does not work with the iPad 1. However, if you own an iPad 1, perhaps this will help you justify an upgrade!
I'm an Aussie - Why do I need to pay for international shipping?
We are Aussies (except for Nav, who's a Kiwi). We're based in Sydney for now, but are moving to Silicon Valley in August. The container of pens from the factory will be shipped to California, and distributed from there. If we get significant Australian demand (more than 1000 units) we will look at sending a shipment directly to Australia. If we can do that, we will be able to slash the postage. So tell your mates!
How do I pay for shipping to Canada or Internationally?
1. Once you have made your pledge, go to the Kickstarter page.
2. On the right side, underneath the project details, is an option to 'Manage Your Pledge' .
3. Change your Pledge Amount to the appropriate amount (+$10 for Canada or +$15 for International while keeping the Reward Selection the same). Then select continue.
4. You will be asked to verify payment and that's it!
I'm ordering from overseas. Am I going to be charged extra customs taxes?
No. Your shipment is a gift, as is marked as such.
Does Collusion come with a Warranty?
Yes. We warranty the pen and receiver hardware for 12 Months. The pen is made from quality materials and undergoes a full check at the factory. If it does fail, please send it back to us and we will repair or replace it.
What is the 'Touch Only Preview'?
It's a simplified version of Collusion's App and Cloud Service that Beta Backers can share with their friends and colleagues. It lets them get a feel for realtime collaboration on their iPad. It is intended as a preview only, so it will expire when Collusion launches to the public.
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