Wacom’s Inkling is a fabulous concept: draw in your own notebook, with a real pen, and easily download digital versions of those drawings onto your computer. In theory, it improves on existing digital tools--support for layers makes it more flexible than a scanner, and real ink and paper offer better feel and control than a tablet. The Inkling should be a perfect bridge between digital and analog art. Unfortunately, the product still has a few kinks to work out before we can truly sings its praises. The Inkling certainly does what it sets out to do--it effectively captures a digital likeness of anything you sketch. We just wish it did a better job.
Students, teachers, and other professionals still expected to use a pen to take down notes: Targus is demoing the iNotebook at CES, a transcribing pen that automatically syncs your handwriting and translates it into text via an app on your iPad.
The iNotebook includes a rechargeable, Bluetooth-enabled writing recognition receiver, which will hook on to the iPad and work with the pen to allow transcription of handwritten notes. The pen will also include integrated stylus that lets users write directly onto the iPad.
Why is it that you can never find a pen when you need one? And though the iPad doesn’t ship with a stylus, if you do much sketching or digital note-taking, they’re handy to have around. But it’s annoying having to carry around a pen and a stylus at the same time, and constantly switching between the two. The Kensington Virtuoso Metro Stylus and Pen solves this conundrum by combining both into one handy do-everything writing utensil.
An early knock against the iPad (and the iPhone) was that people want physical keys, that touch screen typing is difficult and unnatural. As we move more and more towards a paperless world, what's a non-touch-screen-typist to do in this tabletly world? With a wealth of handwriting apps in the App Store, where do we start?
No one needs a stylus, at least according to Apple. But any artist using an iPad as a sketching tool will tell you that a stylus will take your art from finger painting to, well, actual painting. After all, Michelangelo didn’t do many hand turkeys, and he certainly didn’t draw with his finger.
The first time you pick up the Hard Candy Stylus and Pen, you’ll be struck by how it feels in your hand. It’s solid and has great balance—and sure enough, it levels perfectly on your index finger. By the time you put it down, though, you’ll be struck by how smudgy your silver stylus has become. That’s the nature of the chrome beast, we’re afraid, and this one is so great-looking that you may never want to touch it.
With rumours over the iPad and iPhone 4 out of the way, there's plenty of time for tech fanboys, geeks and journalists (not to mention monstrous combinations of all three) to speculate over what the nuances of the yet sight unseen Hewlett Packard tablet. On Monday, a tidbit about the tablet--that it'll be called the PalmPad--surfaced. Back when HP purchased brow-beaten tech giant Palm, they were blunt in saying that a tablet PC utilizing Palm's webOS was most certainly in the card. Bully on both counts.
Apple has two new patent applications uncovered this week, with the company exploring a stylus for use on a touch-sensitive screen like the iPhone as well as a dynamic user interface for mobile devices.
It’s flu season. It’s cold outside. And it’s not going to warm up for quite a while. Still, you don’t have to choose between wearing gloves to keep your hands toasty and using the touchscreen on your iPhone or iPod touch. A good stylus lets you do both.