BRAIN MAGIC Launches Kickstarter for Next-generation Creative Joystick Device

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The Orbital 2 Creative Pod features over 200 commands in one controller device

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The Orbital 2 was developed to act as a solution for digital artists, graphic designers, videographers, illustrators, and all creative people, accelerating creative work and minimizing the need for time-consuming technology.

Today Tokyo startup BRAIN MAGIC launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Orbital 2 (O2) Creative Pod, a next generation creative controller that features over 200 commands in one joystick device. It was designed to enhance workflow and complements an ordinary keyboard for digital drawing, illustrating, movie editing, photo editing, and more. It is compatible with Mac and PC and is now available for the early bird price of ¥31,000 (Japanese Yen).

The Orbital 2 was developed to act as a solution for digital artists, graphic designers, videographers, illustrators, and all creative people, accelerating creative work and minimizing the need for time-consuming technology. The patented joystick fits comfortably into a user’s hand for intuitive control, is operated with minimal hand movement, and streamlines work.

“The Orbital 2 was born to help digital artists create the best work possible, by cutting down on keyboard shortcuts and the use of multiple devices. Not only does it cut down on hand cramps, it reduces creative fatigue,” said CEO and O2 inventor Daiki Kannari. “Our team is a passionate group of creators and engineers who believe in innovating technology to unlock creative possibility, and I believe this is reflected in the O2.”

The O2 is compatible with Adobe Creative Suite, Avid, Clip Studio Paint, and MediBang Paint (+) and has been tested by digital artists who have worked on projects for Marvel, Disney, the Star Wars franchise, and the Harry Potter films. It includes many easy-to-use functions for creators, including single keystrokes or simultaneous pressing of multiple keys, program macro, text block for frequently entered text, mouse functions, key rotation and profile switching.

The O2’s magic is in its three major components. The device’s orbital engine combines the motions of three controllers, a joystick, dial, and button, in one to make adjusting multiple parameters a seamless process. Users can assign eight different dial functions that are accessed based on the direction the joystick is tilted.

It has a flat ring interface that consists of eight switches which users can register multiple functions to and assign items to an on-screen menu overlay. The result is that large command inputs can be carried out with the smallest of movements. The switches use ultra-lightweight sensors that provide feedback to your fingers with reassuring clicks as you work. Finally, a full-color RGB LED light glow ring indicates which application profile.

The O2 offers up to 50% faster completion time on standard tasks, leaving more time for moments of creative genius, favors natural working postures, potentially lessening the risk of cramps and back strain, and provides the convenience of a single device for creators working for hours on end with one single home position.

“The O2 offers dramatic streamlining and intuitive control for illustrators and video creators while decluttering workspaces,” said Director Yuya Saito. “It’s also ideal for photographers, architects, game creators, web designers, publishing editors, and musicians. Our hope is that this technology will inspire the world’s creative minds to go even further by facilitating an easier workflow.”

The Orbital 2’s expected delivery date is January 2019. For a full rundown of pledges, visit their Kickstarter page. Media wishing to interview their personnel should contact PR agent, Jackson Wightman at +1 (514) 605-9255.

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