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The first active stylus for the iPad will be called: iPen

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iPen for IPadI wrote an article about tablets and styules/styli a little while ago. And there are many styli available now. Also for the iPad. The majority of the styli, however, are conductive. And the se are basically an extention of your finger and aren't as precise as an active stylus, like the HTC Scribe digital pen. The HTC Scribe digital pen required from tablets like the HTC flyer, that it had an extra "active digitizer" layer on top of it's capacitive screen to make it all work. Tablets without this extra layer, like the iPad,  couldn't be used with active styli. Soon, however, Cregle will launch the iPen (for iPad). The iPen, a Kickstarter project, has managed to reach their goal, $35.000 of  funding, and will make the iPen available in January 2012, according to Cregle's website.

The iPen really looks like a pen and comes with an external receiver attached to the iPad. These 2 elements make it possible to, according to Cregle, write "like a real pen with accurate positioning and palm rejection features that passive products simply cannot achieve".

Cregle has plans to integrate the iPen with the most popular writing and drawing apps for the iPad and are negotiating with developers to integrate the iPen with even more apps. The iPen is under the Apple MFi program and will carry the ‘Made for iPad’ approved by Apple.  

Watch the video below to see the difference between a passive and active stylus.


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