Notetakers: you love your iPad. What’s more, you make great use of your Apple Pencil. These two tools, in combination, turn the iPad from a mere luxury multimedia device into a veritable beast of a tool for business users and digital creators. But there’s always been a problem when using the Apple Pencil on the iPad.
That problem is the feeling of plastic on glass. It's awkward, tiring and the result is usually sloppy. Enter Paperlike 2.
In as much, many notetakers and digital creators alike have sadly missed the experience of pencil or pen on real paper. I did!
That’s why, in 2017, we started the original Paperlike, the first iPad screen protector that feels like paper, specifically designed for Apple Pencil users. And it was a huge success.
However, there were problems. While happy with the product, many users of the original Paperlike wanted the screen to feel even rougher, providing a better paper feel. But they also wanted a lot less light refraction, an inevitable downside to the original.
So, how did Paperlike approach this?
-Making the Paperlike more rough was likely to cause more light refraction, not less.
-Getting rid of the light refraction would likely mean reducing the surface friction.
This was quite the conundrum because manufacturing the Paperlike 1 involved a reductive process. The flat surface was made rough by removing material from it. The material was removed by shooting microbeads at the surface, which removed material in such a way that it achieved the right surface roughness. However, this also meant that surface would be 100% affected by the microbeads.
But we knew we couldn’t let our community of loyal Paperlikers down, so we put our heads down and went back to the drawing board and came up with an all-new manufacturing method.
After months of designing, prototyping, and testing, we finally found the solution: an all-new development we call Nanodots® Surface Technology. Essentially, Nanodots® are microbeads sprinkled across the screen protector's foil. These microbeads don't disturb the light as nearly as much as the random uneven texture from the first Paperlike, thus you get a rougher screen with less refraction.
We created the Nanodots® Surface Technology using an additive process, instead of the reductive one from the Paperlike 1. That means the flat surface is made rough by adding material to it. In principle, it’s like making sandpaper: start with a flat surface and stick stuff on it until you get the necessary level of roughness.
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