April 30, 2011
We all know the iPad is the ultimate content consumer device with a myriad of apps fast to replace the laptop for a casual user. With your finger as the “mouse” may be perfect for navigation, but does make designers reconsider the iPad as a content creator. A recent article, “How to Use Your iPad for Real Design Work,” by Joshua Johnson discusses the possibilities for the iPad to become more than a virtual sketchbook.
Drawing apps such as iDraw, Brushes, or Sketchbook Pro offers the software and now there are many more stylus options to choose. You can certainly discover artists creating gorgeous “finger” paintings on their iPads, but for some, would be in their comfort zone using a graphics pen.
The iPad or iPhone capacitive touchscreen made from different types of sensors measures electrons to track movement. Your Wacom pen won’t work but styluses with special conductive tips could offer more precision than just the finger.
We’ve posted a few examples from Pogo, Iclooly Multitouch Pen, Dagi Stylus, and Griffin. And there are some interesting DIY capacitive pen solutions along with Stylus Socks Pro that places conductive fabric over a real pen grip.
In the recent news, Patently Apple released this design for an official graphics pen from Apple. Even though the iPhone/iPad debut from Steve Jobs insisted only on touch input, the Apple wizards are conjuring up some more magic for designers.
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