If instead of a multipurpose stylus you’d rather have one that does the job really, really well, check out the iPen. Behind the tragically boring name is a very accurate writing and drawing tool for the iPad.
We’ve featured several stylus-pen combos, but none of them are as simple to use as the LunaTik Touch Pen. The LunaTik is a lot like a click pen – push a button on top to make the ballpoint tip appear, push again to make it disappear.
There are basically two kinds of styluses available. The ones with a thin tip, that allow you to write, draw, and select stuff on a resistive screen, and the ones with a somewhat larger tip, that mimic the way that you use your finger, designed for capacitive touch screens.
Touchscreen devices eschew the mouse in favor of our fingers, and no mouse means no cursor. Or does it? Mike Mak designed a pair of styli for devices with capacitive touchscreens. By “designed” I mean he took the mouse cursor and mouse pointer and enlarged them.
If you are the sort that likes to draw or just doodle on your iPad there are apps out there that will turn the tablet into an art pad. The only catch is that if you are serious about your drawing, using your finger isn’t how you want to go.
Here’s a pen that you’ll find useful for work (or play) for years to come. The Monteverde Stylus Ballpoint Pen is not only refillable, it also has a conductive rubber tip mounted on its click-top, so you can use it on any device with a capacitive touchscreen.
For those of us here in the States, the name Bridgestone is associated with tires and golf balls, and that’s about it. But the Japanese company actually has invested in developing electronics as well, and is now showing off their new AeroBee e-Paper displays which work differently from most.
All sorts of attempts have been made to create “the perfect stylus” for drawing on the iPad, with mixed success. But this is the first time I’ve seen a devices designed to let you use your tablet like a painter’s canvas.
I’ve been looking for a reasonable way to draw on the screen of my iPad since I bought it, and after trying out the less than stellar Pogo Sketch (which broke after 2 days of use and was way to squishy and fat to really be considered a “pen”), I pretty much gave up on the idea that anyone could figure out a way to make a good stylus for capacitive screens.
Here’s a handy little gadget you might want to set on your desktop. The Mamemo digital notepad is sort of like an electronic replacement for Post-it sticky notes.
The compact box is about the size of a small calculator, and features an LCD screen onto which you can take notes using a stylus.
While nobody at Apple intended for the screen of the iPad to support pressure-sensitivity, there’s a demo video floating around showing off a proof-of-concept for this truly artistic usage of the iPad’s multi-touch screen.
You can really imagine all of the cool drawing programs you could create if you could detect the pressure applied with a stylus, and the guys at Ten One Design have figured out a way to do this, even though it’s not officially supported by Apple.
It’s no secret that the iPhone’s touchscreen is hard to use when one is wearing gloves. But what will iPhone owners do when it’s winter? Stop using their iPhones? Preposterous! Just use a sausage as stylus!
I’m a sucker for lightsabers. Sure, I’d really like to have an authentic one that could sear off limbs or disintegrate your foes in a single swipe, but as an inhabitant of the real world, I generally have to settle for cheap toys instead.