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Cregle iPen – An Active Stylus for iPad

For those of you who have read my previous post on the Adonit Jot Fine-Tipped iPad Stylus, you (like me) are probably on the never-ending quest of finding the perfect stylus for handwriting on the iPad.  Well, without being too optimistic, it looks as though product developers are taking steps in the right direction.

A couple of months ago I happened upon a Kickstarter project for a new active stylus, the iPen.  For those of you unfamiliar with active styli, they use proximity sensitivity in order to determine where the pen is located.  Also, they are NOT capacitative styli.  The iPen uses a sensor that plugs into the iPad’s charging port and senses ultrasonic and infrared signal in order to determine the iPen’s precise location on the screen.  Some of the main benefits of active styli are that they can have an extremely fine point, and since the stylus is not capacitative there is a built-in palm rejection feature.  This allows you to rest your palm on the iPad screen while writing.

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