The Irish designed and made Scriba is a Bluetooth Stylus for
most touch-enabled Android and iOS
devices. Now the world does not need more rubber tipped styli, but Scriba is sufficiently
different to have a niche.
Now before you describe Scriba as an Irish joke for a digital
pencil let me assure you that it is a lot more. It may look funny, but it’s
First, it has an ergonomic design to fit either a left or right
hand. Its ‘squiggly’ barrel and pressure grip feels
good in the hand.
Second, Its squeeze motion is unique. Squeeze harder to increase, decrease or fix tip width fluidly,
so it offers much more flexibility than a
fixed size rubber tip stylus.
Third, the haptic feedback adds more intuitiveness to its
use. Plans are to incorporate squeeze
into things like launching PowerPoint presentations etc.
Finally, the battery
(micro-USB chargeable) has a very long 200 hours life (not tested).
Who is Scriba for?
It is for arty types who can draw – creatives. Its rubber tip won’t satisfy precise Wacom/Windows Ink style artists, but it’s a wonderful tool for doodles and artistic pursuits on a touch tablet.
And at present, it only works with a few apps. The initial list is here. I understand the most widely used app is the free Brushes for Scriba Create that can control up to ten layers, and switch between brush and eraser by double-clicking Scriba or triple-clicking to hide the interface.
One freeware app (nags for payment to unlock features) is Drawing
Desk for Android and iOS. This offers a wide
selection of tools such as 3D brushes, NEON
Brushes, Glitter brushes, Gradient brushes, Pattern Brushes, Shapes, Typography tools, Realistic brush tools, Smooth
eraser, Ruler, Smudge tool, Water Colour, Paint roller and many more.
Then there is Zoom
Notes described as the ‘Swiss-Army knife’ of note-taking.
First, I am not an artist in any sense – stick figures look
out! So, all I could do is verify that it works on iPad an Samsung Galaxy Tabs
(Android). It seems more mature on the iOS
It is all about free-flowing drawing than about precision
design. Its Brushes for Scriba app works well.
I found the tip a little thick for note taking compared to the
Samsung S-Pen, but it was perfect for free-hand drawing.
There is a Twitter page for a Dublin Design Studio that uses Scriba here showing some great examples of its flexibility.
What is missing?
Scriba needs apps to be more than a rubber tipped stylus. Otherwise,
none of the unique squeeze features work.
There is no support yet for Windows Ink (or Windows 10 devices)
except as a capacitive stylus.
While silicon is a good tip, it can be ‘grippy’ compared to finer plastic tips. It is not so much the pen on paper/glass feel that I like – but then I am not an artist.
And while its light at
16g it is a little bulky to put in the pocket. But
it is made of durable polymer.
GadgetGuy’s take: Scriba for scribbles!
If you are a creative illustrator, you will have a stack of ‘tool’s to do you work. These include various brushes, airbrushes, stylus etc. This is another electronic tool that could, in time replace some of the manual tools.
For the present, available apps limit its use. In the future, I hope it gets Apple Pencil and Windows Ink drivers then its indispensable.