Tag - Stylus
Apple is still looking at new ways to increase the usability of a stylus, such as its own Pencil, as well as those of larger devices like an iPhone, by adding in extra touch-sensitivity into the body of the devices. A pair of recently-discovered patent applications from the company suggest ways it could make the Pencil more useful for its users, allowing it to be used for stylus-based gestures that can trigger certain actions on a display or connected system, while another suggests a way for devices to detect which hand they are held in.
Apple may be considering creating a version of its iPad Pro stylus that will work with a Mac and offer more ways to interact with on-screen items than the present model, a recently-published patent application suggests. Listed as a "Stylus with Inertial Sensor," the application suggests there to be a version of the Apple Pencil that could detect rotation and movement, allowing for the stylus to be used in a number of different applications, including some that don't involve drawing or writing.
Alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's items are all implements for drawing on your tablet or smartphone, including two simple pen-like tools, a multi-purpose stylus, and a pair of accessories from Adobe meant for those who have more extensive artistic or design requirements.
A future version of the Apple Pencil could offer up new features for users, if a recently-discovered patent filing can be believed. Initially published in 2012 but only recently being granted by the USPTO this week, the patent for the "Intelligent Stylus" (number 9,329,703) indicates a way for a stylus to provide more options for a user's interaction with a display, by adding sensors within the nib of the stylus itself.
Olympus has introduced the Stylus Tough TG-870 to its ruggedized camera range, one built to withstand the elements and the knocks expected from outdoor activities. Stablemate of the TG-860, the TG-870 offers a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and a 5x optical zoom, with the camera able to survive 50-foot dives into water, temperatures as low as -10C (14F), seven-foot drops, dust, and can resist crushing by up to 220 pounds of force.
The Apple Pencil is an impressive technical marvel, details revealed during an iFixit teardown of the accessory have suggested. While it includes the smallest logic board the technical outfit has ever seen, among other interesting aspects, the compact nature of the internals makes the Pencil an extremely unrepairable device, scoring one out of ten on iFixit's repairability, worse than the three out of ten scored by the iPad Pro.
Every so often, MacNN finds a deal that is too big or important to go into our usual deal lists, and is deserving enough to be highlighted in its own Big Deals post. If the launch of the iPad Pro and its pressure-sensitive Pencil stylus is making you jealous, have a look at the Pencil from FiftyThree, a stylus that can be used on any capacitive touch device, but also includes a number of extra features for iOS devices thanks to a Bluetooth connection.
Before you read even a pixel further, know this: the Kit Precision Stylus is currently only available in the UK. Well, doubtlessly you can import it from Amazon UK, the way we over here regularly have to buy things from the US store. Officially, though, it is UK only for now. America and the rest of the world isn't missing out on a life-changing piece of engineering, but if you're looking for a stylus for your iPad, then this is a good piece of work, and it has certain advantages.
Of course you can't ever know what someone who has died would think of anything, but sometimes you can guess. This week, a lot of people are guessing that Steve Jobs would be turning in his grave, but we're going to say no to that. He wouldn't. We think he'd agree with the new Apple Pencil stylus -- and we know we do.
Wacom has unveiled a new stylus at IFA, alongside its other graphics tablet-based launches earlier today. The Bamboo Fineline 2 takes after the original launched last year in being a stylus for normal tablets, one with pressure sensitivity allowing apps to react to how hard the user presses down with the nib, and in turn letting users be able to make more refined and detailed drawings on their tablet compared to using their finger.