Only several months ago, tech fans got a sneak peek at Ten One Design’s cool new pressure-sensing touchscreen stylus.
Then under the temporary moniker “Blue Tiger”, the device was compared to Ten One Design’s first stab at the stylus, Pogo. Compared to Pogo, the Blue Tiger was referred to as “something cavemen would have used on stone tablets.”
What Artists Want
It’s no secret that artists have voiced their inclination towards working with a stylus when it comes to scrawling on a tablet; it feels more like a paintbrush or a pencil than any other option like, say, your finger. For this reason, Wacom’s hardware stirred a buzz within the creative community – and even set up a challenge for the iPad which had been seriously lacking in the creative department. That is to say drawing, sketching and painting software has been scant when it comes to painting software – and that it lacked a stylus was a big no-no indeed.
Enter the Blue Tiger. Implementing a low-power Bluetooth 4.0 connection, the stylus connects to a iOS device without the need for a monstrous battery – and provided the Tiger is supported by an app, it can relay, precisely, information about how hard you are pressing, resulting in artists’ free reign to scribble lines as thin or thickly as they so choose.
What Artists Get
Flash-forward to now; and the stylus’ name has changed from Blue Tiger to the Pogo Connect (and that’s official). Better yet, the “pen” has a few added perks now, and it should be available to artists and free-doodlers alike by the beginning of October.
The Pogo Connect is a fabulous utensil, and we owe it all two a new technology that Ten One Design calls “Crescendo Sensor”. The technology allows the Pogo Connect to be the first iPad stylus that can detect hundreds of degrees of pressure. The result is that an artist can release his inner Van Gogh in a fashion that feels as close as one can get in the digital world to using artistic tools in the real “real” world.
Since that pressure information, as mentioned preciously, is detected via apps and the stylus communicates to an iOS device via Bluetooth 4.0, it is only compatible with the latest generation iPad and iPhone 4S. But hey – we gotta start somewhere, yes? On the brighter side: Ten One Design has vowed to launch about 12 different compatible apps at launch time in October – with even more apps on the horizon.
How Pogo Compares
The Pogo Connect is not as sophisticated or advances as Wacom’s drawing tablets, but anything Apple has the potential to surpass just about anything on the market, and the Pogo is no exception.
I predict Pogo will blaze the trail for some pretty fantastic iPad masterpieces.
*CC image from flickr
Janice Bevilacqua is a content writer specializing in the technology, gadget, and electronics niche. She is a top contrinutor to Consumer Priority Service, a one-stop shop for extended warranty solutions for electronics and home appliances.