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Jot: Is the Stylus Search Over?

Adonit, the people who brought us the Writer iPad Case as a Kickstarter project last year, have a new Kickstarter project that they think will end your search for the perfect iPad stylus. They call it Jot.

The USP of Jot?

Adonit's Jot has a ball pen like nib, with a clear plastic disc attached, that lets you draw and select more precisely whilst seeing what you are doing. This design aims to address the main problem iPad users have with other stylus nibs and even your own built-in stylus, your finger.

Most of the time you can't see exactly where you are drawing, marking, selecting or writing as the tip of your stylus will generally cover the area directly below it, making precision a much sought after 'Holy Grail'.

Design Touches

Adonit have also given the design of Jot a lot of thought and of course it is still not finalised yet. They have tried to include some heft by making Jot similar to a luxury ballpoint pen, using aluminium and steel in its construction.

Jot will also include a protective cap for that little disc on the end which will fit on the opposite end like a pen cap does.

To add a bit of interest and style, there will be a range of colours available in the standard Jot model, but the 'Pro' version will be available in more muted, classier, metal colouring contrasted with a rubber grip.

Another key benefit for us in the Pro version is clever use of the iPad 2's built in magnets to hold your Jot on the iPad to help prevent misplacing your stylus, an expensive problem as we know from experience.

The project is already funded, but you can save a few dollars on the retail price and contribute to the development of the project by backing it on Kickstarter now. No definite idea yet on a release date although it should be available soon after the funding period ends for Jot.

You can see a brief introduction video below and if you go to the Updates tab on their Kickstarter page they have a video of the Jot prototype in action.

What do you think? Is this the stylus you have been waiting for? Let us know in the comments. 

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Reader Comments (4)

That definitely looks very promising, a lot more innovative than the overpriced wacom stylus. Can they bring it to Market before a rash of Chinese copies though?

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAppleleafer

Essentially the same nib as the Dagi stylus, the 2mm nib doesn't make any difference to the brush/pen stroke as its governed by software.
The plastic disc which prevents scratching has a terrible feel (based on the Dagi), it doesn't have feedback when being used on the iPad screen unlike the rubber tipped varieties.

If the 2mm tip is the conductive part and not the plastic disc then why don't they cover it in a clear rubber which helps give feedback and a more natural feel?

I'd prefer to see a company push the limitations of the rubber tip like Wacom have, although some might think its pricey but it is a top class stylus and one which will take a lot of beating.

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShaun Mullen

Ick, it's going to click like the dagi and oStylus and the wooden e.stylo. Nothing like hearing noise when you hit the glass of you iPad. I use short stokes so it's click, click, maddening. Ick, I'll stick with shapedad's stylus socks on esty. They are fabulous, quiet and give feedback. And they don't wear out like my boxwave did. But there is going to be an engineer type, or someone who needs precision to the max that will LOVE this concept.

July 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Murtaugh

I don't know all the differences between the iPad and the ipad2, so I just want to clarify, does it work with both models?

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKyra

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