Astropad, the company known for its Astropad Studio and Luna Display dongle, has announced a new project, an extension called Darkboard: is a light drawing surface designed to be used with the iPad, an accessory that allows – according to the creators – a greater working environment, useful for those who draw sketches and drawings with the Apple Pencil.
Darkboard — the company reports on the dedicated project page on Kickstarter — weighs about 600 grams, is portable and made of injection-molded EVA foam, a high-performance material also used in professional sports equipment. The material in question is solid at the right point, and is able to ensure support and durability, while maintaining the advantage of lightness.
The manufacturer provided a mechanism to easily fit the iPad and Apple Pencil and also serves as a protective support for the tablet (thanks to the 1 mm shock-absorbing material between the edges) useful in case the tablet falls.
The accessory includes a hole for the camera, a hole for the charging port, and a recessed compartment for the Apple Pencil. The texture of the materials used improves according to the grip manufacturer but there are also custom grooves for the grip.
The video explaining the advantages of this accessory highlights the possibility of using the iPad more comfortably and stably, with obvious advantages for those who draw, overcoming limitations and problems such as: limited movement, lack of control, hand cramps, etc.). The Darkboard extension will be available in several variants: for the 3rd generation iPad Pro 12.9-inch or later, for the iPad Pro 11-inch and also for the iPad Air.
The project is on Kickstarter, the site that allows you to raise crowdfunding for creative projects. Those who join can now get the supplement at a special price of $79, which is 20% off the final sale price. Delivery of the first models is scheduled for March 2023.
Apple news is expected in October with the new iPad Pro 2022, a new cheap iPad and even the new Apple Silicon Macs.