We learned a lot about Adobe at Adobe MAX earlier this week. We learned that they are moving to a cloud-based system that will remove support for perpetual licenses. We learned about new features that are really something special. And we also learned just a little bit about Project Mighty and Project Napoleon, Adobe's push into hardware through a pen and ruler that link to the digital world.
Adobe wanted to focus on the future of something that hasn't changed in centuries: drawing. Project Mighty is their “cloud pen” that is supposed to make creating easier by bringing the digital world into the physical realm basically anywhere. Mighty is pressure sensitive, which helps it draw a natural and expressive line. It is also connected to the Creative Cloud through the software and a local Bluetooth LE connection. It recognizes who the user is and how that user wants to interact with that pen. From a pure technology perspective, it's fascinating.
The second project, code named Napoleon, is complementary to Mighty. This digital ruler is designed to bring back some of the feeling of drawing with analog tools like the t-square and triangle.
Watching Mighty and Napoleon in action left me with mixed feelings. It's not exactly "fluid" quite yet, showing some lag and what is likely to be a learning curve, but at the same time it's something that is truly amazing. It is a fascinating mixture of hardware, software and cloud computing.
Not everyone may be a fan, but it's certainly something worth watching. Even if you don't like Adobe's iteration or even Adobe at all, the fact that this is happening bodes well for the creative industry. I want to see what comes as a result of this, not necessarily these projects specifically.