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The Cregle iPen: A fine nibbed active stylus

Apple have worked hard to achieve an excellent level of precision with their iPad display, but detailed work, whether painting or note taking, can be tricky and often requires a great deal of zooming in and out of the canvas.

The Cregle iPen, an active stylus that is currently in need of fanancial backing, looks like quite a clever solution to this problem.

"The Cregle iPen transforms the iPad into a content creation device, not just a content consumption device. iPen is the first active digitizer stylus that allows you to write with precision directly on the iPad. Unlike the passive digitizer used in the typical iPad stylus, iPen writes like a real pen with accurate positioning and palm rejection features that passive products simply cannot achieve.

With the Cregle iPen’s active digitizer, the attached receiver picks up the iPen’s signal and its precise position as it hovers above the screen (whereas a passive stylus can be located only when the user touches the screen). This crucial advantage allows iPen to actively transmit 60 samples per second to pinpoint the pen’s exact location."
We are certainly intrigued. We noticed some delay in the video demonstration, hopefully that will be eliminated in the final product. Head over to the iPen Kickstarter page for more details and to show your support.

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The only "negative" about this pen is that it has its own SDK that other apps would have to enable; and you cannot use the pen to navigate through the OS, either. However, if you are an artist using ArtRage or SketchBook Pro, it might be a great $50 investment.

My note taking is typically done on Noteshelf (great app), and if I need to write music (by hand), I use that app as well. I've grown to love my Adonit Jot Pro, even though two of the plastic discs have failed me in the past.

I do know of one individual who has been very vocal about the lack of an active stylus for the iPad...it would be nice to see Apple incorporate the code into the OS and allow for the Cregle Pen (and others to follow) throughout the OS.

$50 as a Kickstarter and $89 as a regular price is a great bargain. I wish the company luck!

November 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Wow...great idea...but really now...$89.00 for a pen for the ipad...that is just way too much...that is so easily lost or misplaced...no this is just silly...no matter how well it works....they will not meet their goal at all with that level of greed.

November 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjetsonjoe

Wow jetsonjoe, did you even do any research before making that incredibly ignorant comment? They're already well on their way, despite your "wisdom"

December 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRandall

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