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Ten One Design outs rare pressure-sensitive stylus for iPad

updated 08:35 pm EST, Mon March 5, 2012

Pressure-sensitive design uses BlueTooth 4.0

Ten One design has unveiled a prototype of a pressure-sensitive stylus for iPads in hopes that it would be an ideal fit for the next iPad. The writing implement, codenamed "Blue Tiger," that uses Bluetooth 4.0 to automatically connect to the iPad. The app that drives the stylus has embedded palm rejection, which prevents anything but the pen itself from being used to input information.

The pen offers a choice of switchable LED colors. A small coin battery provides up to one-year of battery life. Ten One Design hasn't announced pricing, availability or even a name. The stylus must still go through FCC approval with its final design, and the company has acknowledged that the hardware won't be productized unless it receives sufficient developer support with other apps.

Styluses have been common after-the-fact accessories for the iPad, but the capacitive screen and lack of advanced pen support has discouraged pressure sensitivity.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I Want this!

    I'm amazed that Wacom and Adobe didn't team up on this!

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Pressure sensitive Kludge

    This particular device, although solving a problem: the need of a stylus on the most popular tablet, is still lacking compared even to other similar devices made for the iPad (do a search for KickSttarter + stylus +ipad). The jaja seems like the best.

    This "Blue Tiger" stylus, indeed is pressure sensitive, yet the tip of it's point is far from sharp (ie: as you'd like a pencil to be ), and so defeats the purpose of having a stylus in the first place (at least for pro graphics).

    A blunt stylus like this will feel even more out of place on the new retina display of the iPad.

    And on top of it the palm rejection is handled via software, taking away precious horsepower from brush rendering.

    A more elegant solution would be to embed an inductive layer along the capacitive layer of the display, thus palm rejection becomes unnecessary, and the inductive layer can pick up not only positional & pressure information, but even angle. Just as on the top-end Wacom devices.

    Unless the iPad receives an inductive layer, most solutions feel just like a bolted on kludge.

    Even more so than a higher resolution LCD the iPad 3 would be most popular with artists and designers if it came with an inductive layer, like most pro-devices under Win7 do.

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