by Miryam Muller in Wacom launched a cool new digital sketch pen for artists called the Inkling which allows artists to draw just as they would if they were doodling away in their sketch book and just draw or sketch on any standard piece of paper and automatically have a digital version created.

So now there's no need for special paper, you don't have to move the pen around on a clunky tablet interface, the only catch is that you must attach a special clip, or receiver, to the sketchbook or piece of paper you're drawing on. That receiver will capture the movements of the pen, but Wacom stresses that you don't really have to worry about that.

Everything is operated by rechargeable batteries in the pen and receiver, and Wacom says each can last eight hours before needing to be recharged.

Artists have long struggled with the challenge of bringing traditional, hand-drawn art to a digital environment. Something always seems to get lost in translation. For giant animation movie studios, Inkling might bring great advancements in the business of capturing artist creations to computers.