WHAT IS JOTO?
A connected display that draws with a pen. Joto was designed to be hung on your wall like a picture frame. It isn't just another screen, it turns pictures and words into pen and ink drawings.
Joto has a dock so the pen doesn’t dry out, and an eraser so when you're ready for something new, it automatically refreshes the surface for your next Jot.
Joto was launched on Kickstarter on March 14th 2017. Watch the video below.
WHERE DID IT ALL BEGIN?
Joto’s journey started in 2014 in a small London studio where I began working with Jim, my now fellow co-founder of the design studio called Those. Jim had an idea for an interactive and scalable plotter that could bring shop windows to life. I built the first prototype (pictured below) from chopsticks, string and an assortment of other (Crap) parts.
The first full realisation of our idea was called the Woodpecker. It’s since been used in retail shop windows, educational trade shows and even a BBC TV programme.
In late 2015 we decided to condense everything we’d learnt from the Woodpecker into a product that everyone could enjoy. The process began with these sketches.
As the product designer on the team i've spent a lot of time in the workshops! We began by exploring some novel ways of creating a lightweight cartesian motion system and have continued iterating on all aspects of Joto's design since.
Our first working prototype was nominated for the Beazley Designs of the Year at the London Design Museum, and it ended up winning the public vote!
We're also keen to get Joto into the hands of all the as yet undiscovered creative talents. Here's one of my favourites - "Unknown from Easter Eggland", by Oscar Moorhouse (son of designer and Joto collaborator Guy).
After just over a year of design and development we launched Joto on Kickstarter. The response was really fantastic and we reached our target of £100,000 within 3 days!
1,836 people pledged £362,307 to make Joto a reality. We even received a glowing endorsement from none other than Neil Patrick Harris!
Soo we decided to draw his face....
THANK YOU FROM THE THOSE TEAM
A huge thanks to everyone who's backed Joto and supported us along the way.
A special shoutout to ThreeFold films for their help with the Kickstarter video, Michael leckie for his photography, Tristan Mackay for help with the sound recording and Will scobie and ben the illustrator who's work Joto has drawn countless times.
Joto is now available for preorder on Indiegogo.