Cregle iPen promises to be the first active stylus for the iPad

The Cregle iPen promises to become the first ever active stylus available for the iPad. The project has just received Kickstarter funding blowing its required $35,000 goal with pledges totalling a massive $162,000. The iPen is totally different to any iPad stylus available today.

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. This crucial advantage allows iPen to actively transmit 60 samples per second to pinpoint the pen’s exact location.

The iPen has now received funding and should go into production early next year. In order to use the iPen, apps will need to include code to support it. Some apps have already decided to support iPen such as PDF-Notes, Procreate, Ghost Writer notes and a few others. We expect this to increase dramatically especially as the iPen will be under Apple’s own MFi (Made for iPad) program. The iPen should retail for around $89 when it eventually hits store shelves.

Cregle is also working on iPen 2 which promises to support pressure sensitive features. This would allow a user to alter the thickness of lines by pressing harder or softer on the screen with the iPen; now that would be a huge development should it prove possible.

Source: Kickstarter


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Cregle iPen promises to be the first active stylus for the iPad


Now THAT looks cool! If only it didn't require that hardware to be plugged into the iPad, but I understand why it is needed. Maybe one day the receiver will be built into the iPad....?

On the other hand: $89 for a pen? Again, I completely understand why the price would have to be higher because it is a piece of technology, but would the average person buy it?

I still think there needs to be some palm-guard technology in place as well. Like, there's no way I can draw or write without resting my hand on anything!

This is not the first stylus like this. One already exists and is on sale that does the same thing. It is called Stylus I and it's made by By Zero ( I have one and it works amazingly well. If you don't want to wait a year for a kick starter project check out by zero.

I'm a backer of this and I'm extremely excited to get mine.
@Daniel: A year? It's coming out at the end of January 2012. Secondly, that stylus you mentioned only works with 1 program(theirs) and you can't buy it, so not sure how you got one...
@James: There is. When the pen gets close to the screen, the pen becomes the only thing to interact with the screen. it's only when you pull the pen away that you can then use your hand again.
The only thing this thing is missing is pressure sensitivity. Supposedly, that's to be in the next one (something I think should've been in this one from the start).

To use this in the classroom with a projector, I need to plug the projector into the docking port. If this stylus device doesn't have a passthrough to allow the VGA adapter to work while using it, then I can't use it.

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