Mary Elizabeth’s post got me thinking – about her recommendation of the Pogo Stylus, and the cheepie knock off ones I got on Amazon for under a buck (they aren’t bad by the way – a good place to start). I did a search and found out more about how the iPad works with a stylus and learned the terms “capacitive and resistive ” in terms of touchscreens. The iPad surface is calibrated to the human touch and is a capacitive touchscreen. This is why a regular stylus that works with some devices, won’t work with the iPad – and why you can’t use your iPad with gloves on.
If you hope to buy a stylus for your iPad, be sure to choose a capacitive one. Here a re a couple of links to choices differing types of stylus that fit the bill for the iPad:
- iCooly Multitouch pen (apparently this one has a brush like feel)
- Pogo Stylus (MEM’s recommendation – great close up pics of the stylus tip)
- Radtech Styloid (doesn’t seem to get as high a rating as the others)
I’m guessing the technology here will improve with time. My hope is to see a stylus with a finer point to it, allowing for a finer line. I can imagine that digital artists might even hope to see a full set of choices in pen tips for drawing – much as a painter would have a variety of brushes in his toolkit.