The iPad single handily changed the tablet market as we know it. Composing emails, jotting down notes, watching videos, playing games and even drawing on the touchscreen device is feasible. However, you’ll need a stylus to achieve this last feat, that is assuming you want some level of detail. To achieve another level of detail, though, you’ll need a stylus like no other, the iPen.
You see, other styluses for the iPad work in a passive manner. In other words, they simply act or emulate a finger tip, but thanks to their point they provide a tad more accuracy; in other words not much more. The iPen, however, is the first active digitizer stylus that lets you write, draw and paint with accuracy never seen before on the iPad. Much like those digital pens, which instantly transcribe your hand written notes to your computer, this devices uses a small dongle that plugs into your iPad’s 30-pin dock. It uses a combination of infrared and ultrasonic technology along with the iPad’s touchscreen to provide pinpoint accuracy similar to that of a stand alone drawing tablet. They’ve even managed to incorporate “palm rejection” technology, which detects when your hand is resting on the iPad’s screen and prevents it from interfering with what you’re working on.
Now, don’t get us wrong. We’re not suggesting that design professionals should ditch their Wacom tablet, but for anyone looking to draw or take notes on their iPad should take a very close look at the iPen. And as it happens so far over 1700 people have done just that on Kickstarter.com, raising the manufacturer $162,333.
Cregle Inc., the folks behind the iPen, plan to ship the product in January of 2012 for $89. They’re currently working with a variety of app developers to integrate their technology. For a full list hit the source link, which is where you’ll find additional demo videos.