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Serenity from Macworld recently got to test drive Jot Touch, a brand new pressure sensitive iPad stylus from Adonit, she came away rather impressed with this sub $100 Bluetooth stylus. Pressure sensitivity is pretty much the most sought-after feature amongst iPad artists and this solution from Adonit could have many us giggling with excitement when it launches this March.
We'll bring you more details as we get them, but the important standout features are its 200 levels of pressure sensitivity via the spring-tip mechanism, Bluetooth connectivity and the free software development kit for integrating support for the stylus into any iOS app.
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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'.
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.
Adonit have been sending out a few pre-production samples of Jot and this has given the reviewers a chance to test out the stylus and its precision, if you are still undecided these video reviews might help.
This one from Geekanoids shows the differences between the standard and pro versions of Jot and has some good shots of the stylus in-hand:
And this one from iPhoneBlogKorea includes some really clear evidence of the Jot Stylus' precision drawing in action.