Adobe to launch first foray into hardware next year

Adobe has announced plans to put its first forays into hardware – the Project Mighty Cloud-connected pen and Project Napoleon Cloud-connected ruler – into production.

Project Mighty
Project Mighty

Manufacturer Adonit will work with Adobe to realise the projects, which were announced at the Adobe MAX conference in May this year.

Project Mighty, which was developed alongside industrial design consultancy Ammunition, allows users to draw as they would with a traditional pen, storing their creations on Adobe’s Creative Cloud. Images can then be transferred across different Adobe applications.

The Project Napoleon ‘short ruler’ has been designed the complement the Project Mighty pen, and Adobe says the digital ruler ‘is designed to bring back some of the feeling of drawing with analogue tools like the T-square and triangle’.

Project Napoleon
Project Napoleon

The products are being launched as part of Adobe’s ‘I am the New Creative’ campaign.

Michael Gough, experience design team leader at Adobe says, ‘With our first tools for the new creative — Project Mighty and Napoleon — we are confident that we can help make digital creativity both more accessible and more natural by combining the accuracy, expressiveness and immediacy of pen and paper with all the advantages of our digital products and the Creative Cloud.’

According to Adobe, the products will be available from the start of next year.

Projects Mighty Parallel and Napoleon with Project Parallel
Projects Mighty Parallel and Napoleon with Project Parallel

Adobe has also unveiled plans for software to accompany the tools – Project Parallel and Project Contour.

Project Parallel, a drafting iPad app designed and developed for used with Project Napoleon hardware; while Project Contour is described by Adobe as ‘essentially Kuler [Adobe’s colour-scheme generator] for shapes – take a photo of a favourite object or shape on an iPhone and access it with Napoleon on the iPad to simplify architectural line sketching, drawing and ideation’.

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