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New Irish hardware startup launches Scriba a unique digital stylus for iOS devices!

Posted: 6 August, 2015

Scriba, a groundbreaking new stylus for Apple mobile devices that has been designed and developed in Ireland has just launched on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter

Last Tuesday an excited team of designers and developers watched as Dublin Design Studio founder David Craig ‘pressed the button’ to launch a campaign to raise €65,000 in crowdfunding by generating pre-sales for the Scriba digital pens.

What makes Scriba unique is the revolutionary and highly responsive squeeze motion which completely changes the way we interact with our mobile devices giving unprecedented control to creative app users such as illustrators and designers, in fact anyone who likes to draw using an iPad.

Scriba’s beautiful and unique design offers more control and comfort than any stylus on the market. With a standby charge of over six months and hundreds of hours of use time, it is also one of the most reliable.

Unlike a button-controlled stylus, Scriba's squeeze motion can be programmed to provide instant access to a whole range of software functions without changing settings or having to fumble with options.

(Photographic credits to IrishStartUp.TV)



Designer and entrepreneur David Craig has spent an exciting two years designing, developing, testing and perfecting Scriba, a revolutionary new electronic stylus for drawing directly onto the screen of an iPad or iPhone.

The project has progressed remarkably. Until last year he was working alone in his spare bedroom. Now, with fully-functioning prototypes, a team of ten people based in the DIT Hothouse Incubation Centre in Docklands Innovation Park, the team have chosen crowdfunding as the means for taking Scriba a step closer to a global market and to help in building the business further.



David Craig participated on Phase 1 of the New Frontiers programme at DIT Hothouse which commenced in September 2014. He was subsequently successful in securing a place on Phase 2 of the programme, which he completed just recently in June 2015.

The New Frontiers Programme is an Enterprise Ireland programme aimed at supporting the establishment and growth of technology or knowledge intensive ventures that have the potential to trade internationally and create employment in Ireland. DIT Hothouse deliver the 3-phased programme in partnership with IADT.

Phase 1 of the programme aims to establish if your business idea can be turned into a viable proposition. Phase 1 lasts approximately two months and is part-time in nature, typically entailing two evening sessions per week.

Phase 2 includes funding support for each participant, subject to rigorous and frequent assessment of performance and progress. Phase 2 participants, who must be working full-time on their venture, engage in a series of interactive workshops addressing all aspects of the startup process.

Phase 3 is a period of flexible support, helping successful participants towards investment and expansion.

Applications are now open for Phase 1 of the New Frontiers Programme. The closing date for completed applications is 5.00pm on Friday, 28th August 2015. 

More information and a link to the application form is available on the DIT Hothouse website



Scriba communicates with your drawing app using Bluetooth to let you control functions like line thickness with a gentle squeeze.

Scriba’s unique form has been ergonomically designed around the shape and movement of your hand to offer unparalleled comfort.

It is so simple to use says Craig: “Just give it a squeeze; that’s all the training you need!”


You can support David and his team in this exciting project by pre-ordering this innovative piece of Irish design or donating a small amount



You can find a selection of downloadable images at the following link:



  • Annual sales of digital styluses worldwide are expected to hit 40 million units in 2015.
  • Tablet sales of 245 million units forecast by the end of 2015.
  • Tablet manufacturers are encouraging device owners to get more use from their devices by promoting the use of creative software and styluses … mainly because the devices are lasting too long and are not being changed as quickly as people change their smartphones!



You can pre-order the Scriba stylus for EUR €65.00 from crowdfunding site Kickstarter [] from Tuesday 14th July at 10:00 a.m. until Wednesday 12th August 2015.


Recent press:

Irish-designed stylus should sharpen up our tablet control

Charlie Taylor

Irish Times | Monday 13th July 2015


Revolutionary Irish Design Stylus to Launch on Kickstarter

Simon Cocking

Irish Tech news | Saturday 27th June 2015


Boole StartUp of the Week

John F. Kennedy

Silicon Republic | Monday 13th July 2015


Scriba: the stylus like no other

Thor Schroeder

MindHungry | Tuesday 14th July 2015


Scriba - a new stylus designed for comfort and control

Teoh Yi Chie

Parkablogs | Tuesday 14th July 2015


Will Scriba be the Computer Stylus for the 21st Century?

Clive (Max) Maxfield

Embedded | Tuesday 14th July 2015


Scriba Kickstarter -- a computer stylus for the 21st century

Clive (Max) Maxfield

Embedded | Tuesday 14th July 2015


Is this the ultimate stylus for creatives?

Sammy Maine

Creative Bloq | Thursday 16th July 2015


Dublin Design Studio – Latest Irish Business To Launch On Kickstarter

Michael O’Brien

Big Red Cloud | Friday 17th July 2015


This New Stylus Makes Digital Sketching More Intuitive Than Ever

ArchDaily | Sunday 19th July 2015


For more information please contact:

David Craig / Pearse O’Reilly

Telephone:  +353 1 902 3944