Wacom Inkling digital ballpoint pen – an annotated graphic

Illustrators of the world, rejoice! The good folk at Wacom – leaders in the graphics drawing tablet field for years – have introduced a new sketching pen, a pressure-sensitive ballpoint that allows conventional ink-on-paper sketching. The pen is wirelessly connected to a receiver clipped to the paper, communicating via ultrasonic and infrared links to relay the drawing data to the unit. Users can transfer their sketches, complete with layers, to a computer for further editing using their image software of choice. Doodling on restaurant napkins will never be the same again. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Wacom Inkling digital ballpoint pen – an annotated graphic

NASA to launch twin satellites for nine-month moon study mission – an annotated graphic

They’re as busy as ever over at NASA. As if the SLS wasn’t enough, it has also been announced that the US space agency plans to launch two spacecraft on a nine-month mission to map the moon’s gravity field. The aim of all this is to improve our knowledge of the moon’s interior and its evolution.  Naturally, such an expedition deserves a snappy acronym, so the two spacecraft are collectively known as the Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory – or GRAIL – satellites. God speed, heavenly bodies. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading NASA to launch twin satellites for nine-month moon study mission – an annotated graphic

NASA’s Space Launch System, a giant deep space rocket – an annotated graphic

So over at NASA HQ it’s goodbye Space Shuttle, hello Space Launch System. The SLS has been designed to carry astronauts to the moon, to Mars and any other space-type destinations in between.  It will be the most powerful launcher in the world, with a greater lifting capacity than the Saturn V which last carried men to the moon. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading NASA’s Space Launch System, a giant deep space rocket – an annotated graphic