Toshiba’s new Encore 2 Write tablets are designed to provide high-precision, digitizer pen input without breaking the bank. There are two sizes of the Windows-based device available, which offer mid to low-range specs across the board.
If you own a Galaxy Note
or Surface Pro
, then you probably already know how useful a stylus can be. Much more than a faux finger, a digital pen can give you a sense of precision and control that your meathooks just can't replicate. But based on the work going on in Microsoft Research, the stylus still isn't close to reaching its full potential.
The LG G3 Stylus might share a name with its flagship sibling
, but there are some significant difference between the two handsets. While the device holds on to some
of the features of the high-end device, its internals – most notably its display – are a different story.
Back in May we reported on plans to create the Scribble
– a pen that can scan and reproduce any color you can find on the fly. After the project smashed its Kickstarter target in just five hours, those plans are now one big step closer to reality.
Gizmag is no stranger to pocket-sized image projectors. We've shared the first baby steps from the likes of Microvision
, right through to integration in smartphones
and even more recently in portable computers
. Now the palm-friendly home-theater-sized display thrower has taken another leap forward with the launch of TouchPico, a portable projector-packing Android computer that can transform any flat surface into a big touchscreen display.
With just about every aspect of music production going digital, one budding DJ is looking to march to the beat of his own drum. Samuel Verburg joined forces with Dutch design firm Tweetonig aiming to mix not just perfectly matched beats, but a bit of old with a little bit of new. The result is Tuna Knobs, physical controls that work on any capacitive touchscreen to bring tactile feedback to music making applications.
Chinese startup Tagtal is looking to bring an interesting new stylus to market. The tStylus, as it's called, is able to copy data from the screen it's touching and bring that data to another device. While in use, the stylus functions like a physical version of the selection tool in Photoshop. Instead of moving from image to image, you are moving from device to device. It is able to move images, video, and other various forms of media between the two devices, as long as each of them is running the software that allows it to receive input from the tStylus.
The humble smartphone stylus may soon be gaining new features, thanks to a seemingly simple piece of technology. Developed by Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) PhD student Sungjae Hwang, the MagPen is essentially just a plastic tube covered in conductive tape, with conductive rubber tips at either end and a coin-shaped magnet inserted half-way down its length. Via a custom app, however, magnetometers already present in the phone are able to determine where that magnet is in relation to the screen, and respond with a variety of drawing and writing functions.
If you're on the lookout for the perfect accessory to complement your titanium computer mouse
, or your special guitar
, then how about a nice new pen? Brian Fellhoelter has been privately selling his hand-made titanium TiBolt pens – featuring a nifty bolt-action mechanism – for the past few years, but can no longer cope with the demand so is scaling up production.
No doubt to the relief of third party suppliers of styli for the iPad, the optical stylus support
for Apple’s tablet hinted at in a patent application uncovered earlier this year has so far failed to eventuate. While most of the styli on offer are basically fingers in a pen form factor, the Pogo Connect offers pressure sensitivity like that seen in graphics tablets
from the likes of Wacom.