Coming out in December. [ Shaper Trace | Easily convert a sketch to vector — KJP Select Hardwoods]
Yeah, I got in on the kickstarter. I’m expecting it in November!
There was some talk about it here a while back, you might find it interesting:
My wife recently came up to me and showed me an ad for this on her phone, saying “that looks like something you could use!” I had already seen it here, but it is in fact something I could use. I’ve used the Glowforge just to capture a flat picture of something I traced in sharpie, to recreate as a vector design, too many times.
There are so many raster to vector apps out there that don’t need a bit of confining hardware to pull it off I am wondering what makes it special at all. I can just see one using it to get a vector rendition of their horse much less a cat.
I agree, I couldn’t work out why this was special, I wouldn’t expect the raster to vector to be any better than any of the solutions already out there.
I can see you can make an argument for simplicity - if you don’t already own equipment with a built in camera…
But take a picture of anything with a rectangle drawn on it so you can square it up and put through any of the many raster-vector convertors.
It does not even do that much as you still need a cellphone camera for that!
Where it might be useful would be if there was some sort of AI involved to take your grandmother’s recipe hand written on lined colored paper with stains and distinguish the hand writing from the lines and stains.
It does all of this for the user automatically including accurate real world sizing. Sure the technically minded could do this themselves - in the same way the technically minded could assemble a kit laser and align their own mirrors, etc.
Agreed, it’s an expensive bit of simplicity
At $140, you’d only need to use it a couple dozen times to save the amount your time is worth, even if it only takes say 10 minutes each time to manually recorrect…
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