Kaylie Moise, January 3, 2013
Fans of the iPen will be excited to hear that Cregle, makers of the Kickstarter-funded iPen, has created a second generation of its popular digital pen. The iPen 2 is also a Kickstarter project and will have an iPad model, but what’s new is that the iPen 2 will have a Mac version of the digital pen, which lets you write directly onto an iMac or Apple Display with glass panel. According to the Kickstarter page, “iPen 2 turns your non-touch Apple Display into pen display and is compatible with every application in Mac OS and Windows.”
The iMac model iPen 2 stylus for Apple Display will go for $169. It lets you write or draw directly on an iMac screen by using a set of sensors that attaches right to the iMac display, making it compatible with every app on Mac OS X. The iPen 2 is pressure sensitive so you can control your strokes easily, it is angle agnostic so no matter how you hold your pen it will still write accurately, and it’s lightweight inking so you don’t have to press really hard into your device to make it work. The iPen 2 takes 75 percent less weight to generate inking than the iPen 1.
The iPad version of the iPen 2 has a case that attaches to the Lighting connector dock port, and then attaches to the back of the iPad. This stylus will go for $119. Developers are hoping to stretch goals to make the smaller sensor case possible.
The sensor system, for both iPad and Mac, uses two different invisble light sensors that triangulate the pen’s location on the screen, which is then transmitted to the Mac, making a digital pen that works across the whole screen.
To back this project, Cregle is asking for a minimum $1 pledge. There are 33 days left to meet the funding goal of $360,000. If you want to learn more about this project, you can watch the video above or head over to the Kickstarter page.Follow @macgasm