By Mark Frauenfelder at 5:03 pm Fri, Aug 10, 2012
My friend I-Wei Huang (who designed the characters for the Skylanders game) reviews the new Jot Touch Bluetooth pressure sensitive stylus for iPad. He also shows how he modified the tip.
Jot Touch Review and Mod
Too many cons. Bluetooth pairing, battery powered stylus, weird little clear disc. If you want an ArtRage and excellent note taking slate go with the ASUS EP121 with WACOM pen. Even though it is not as slim as the iPad, it is way slimmer than a convertible notebook/slate PC, and has a bigger screen. Mine works like magic.
Don’t forget the $100 price tag. Combined with the Ipad cost, you are at least spending $500, which can get you many alternatives.
I take it you didn’t look up what the ASUS EP121 is going for these days if this stylus seems like a cost-prohibitive alternative.
The Asus EP121 is $2400 where I live, so I’m looking for something cheaper.
1.2 kilos (2.6 lbs) is too heavy for a tablet.
The first minute pretty much covered the premise. The following 23 minutes of application is rudimentary.
I don’t agree :) I found the rest of the video quite informative. At the end he’s even tinkering with the stylus, making it better :)
It’s a cool proof of concept and something I had HOPED Apple would consider when they first made their initial ipad announcement. Sadly, it wasn’t too be – WACOM, a company that makes it’s bread catering to creatives, is still going to be the best and most elegant solution.
Besides, and I didn’t just wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, Apple has lit the runway lights and made it pretty clear that it doesn’t give two shits about creative professionals anymore.
I will pay good money for the bastard offspring of an iPad and a Cintiq. But for some reason I still haven’t found a solution that fits these criteria:
1. Wacom-style pressure sensitivity, precision and performance
2. An OS designed for a tablet interface
3. Easy file transfer to and from a desktop
4. Palm rejection for easy drawing
Gradually getting closer, though. Against all odds it actually seems possible that the Microsoft Surface might fit the bill… but I’m not ready to get my hopes up yet.
“If you see a stylus, they blew it.””
Strictly in the context of a world where WinCE handhelds had been sold, with a straight face, as usable; but not encouraging for the Wacom users…
Of course, you’ll have to train yourself to use a pen without your hand touching the drawing at all, ever…
Or you could wear fingerless gloves!
Sadly that doesn’t work. At least not with any gloves I tried.
The point of apps and a stylus like this is that allot of people, including digital artists, already have an iPad anyway. So for a 100 bucks you can now also use that device for productivity without needing to buy a new dedicated gadget.
It’s not perfect and takes a few drawings to get used to, but it does get the job done.
ArtRage looks like it does lag quite a bit with the stylus, especially as you add more layers. I’d think that the developer(s) would be able to improve multi-layer performance by compositing or merging or some such, since it really looks like you’re only able to modify one layer at any given time.
Cool stylus, though… and, of course, you’ve done a good job at selling a couple of apps to use with it. :-)
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