The Cregle iPen is a new Kickstarter-funded stylus for the iPad – one that has some unique and powerful features about it. It has already far exceeded its Kickstarter funding target and should be available as a retail product early next year.
Here’s a little about how it works and why it’s unique:
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 (whereas a passive stylus can be located only when the user touches the screen). This crucial advantage allows iPen to actively transmit 60 samples per second to pinpoint the pen’s exact location.
The video demo above is very impressive – showing how the iPen can make really tiny strokes within cells on a graph paper style note screen.
Another impressive thing about this project is it already has support from a number of iPad apps, which will allow for the use of the iPen in their apps – and Cregle are actively looking for more partnerships with app developers.
This looks like it will be a very good option for iPad users who are looking to use handwriting recognition a lot, or who need a precise stylus for any reason.
Check out the Kickstarter page for the iPen for lots more details and demo videos: