Darkboard Drawing Accessory for iPad Now Available

Astropad, known for its Astropad Studio software and Luna Display dongle for connecting an iPad to a Mac, today announced the general availability of its new Darkboard drawing surface designed to be used with the ‌iPad‌.

Darkboard is aimed at offering an ergonomic way to sketch and draw no matter where you are. The Darkboard is made from a rigid foam material that weighs in at 1.4 pounds, with the foam design providing cushioning and support for the arm and wrist.

According to Astropad, the Darkboard is ideal for using on the couch, in bed, and other situations where ideal ergonomics are unavailable. When you do have a flat surface to work on, there is a foldable stand that works as an easel or in a full vertical orientation.

A polycarbonate frame holds the ‌iPad‌ in place at any angle, so the Darkboard can be used in multiple orientations. There is 1mm of space between the ‌iPad‌'s display and the edge of the foam body to keep the ‌iPad‌ safe in case the Darkboard is dropped.

Astropad included a cutout for the camera, charging port access, and a pocket to hold the Apple Pencil. The Darkboard is 18 inches long, 14 inches wide, and an inch thick, and for transportation, there are grooved handles.

There are two available sizes, one that fits the third-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro or newer and one that fits the 11-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ and iPad Air models.

Darkboard launched on Kickstarter in September 2022 and orders started arriving to customers in March, but it is now available for general purchase. Darkboard can be purchased from the Astropad website for $120.

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Top Rated Comments

uptownnyc Avatar
12 months ago
$120 seems like a lot of money for a piece of foam.
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eeek5127 Avatar
12 months ago
I’ll only buy it if they add Find My and make it $250.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Macalway Avatar
12 months ago
Amazon will have one for $10 in a couple months. I would imagine tooling for foam is quick. Might make a good home project. But thanks for the idea and measurements.
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sw1tcher Avatar
12 months ago

$120 seems like a lot of money for a piece of foam.
It's more than just a piece of foam though. You're also getting an awesome foldable stand and a storage/carrying sleeve. And it's not just some plain ordinary sleeve either. It's made out of Neoprene!!!

What’s included in your purchase:
* Darkboard: The ultralight, ergonomic iPad drawing stand.
* Foldable Stand: A compact and sturdy companion stand for Darkboard. The Stand accommodates the Easel Setup for drawing, or the Vertical Setup for a desktop display.
* Neoprene Sleeve: Darkboard’s neoprene sleeve is stain, water, oil, and heat resistant. It’s the perfect carrying case to take your Darkboard, Stand, and iPad on the go!

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klasma Avatar
12 months ago
The camera hole is amusing:

I want to bring it next time I go sightseeing to snap some pictures.

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klasma Avatar
12 months ago
It almost doubles as an iMac:

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