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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Jot Touch pressure sensitive stylus for iPad reviewed

Posted by Charley Parker at 9:17 am

Jot Touch pressure sensitive stylus for iPad
Those of us who enjoy drawing and painting digitally, either with a pressure sensitive tablet and stylus on a desktop computer, or with a capacitive stylus on an iPad (sorry, Apple, fingerpainting is for kids), are often frustrated with the disconnect between the two.

Most notable is the lack of pressure sensitivity on the iPad, leaving us constantly tapping to bring up adjustment controls to change opacity or line weight.

The Jot Touch Bluetooth pressure sensitive stylus for iPad by Adonit seeks to change that, encapsulating the pressure sensitivity into the stylus itself, and communicating that information to pressure aware apps via Bluetooth.

Though I can’t yet give you a personal review, there are several appearing around the net, particularly a nicely thorough video review (bottom two images above) by concept artist and animator I-Wei Huang, AKA Crab Fu.

The functionality of the stylus is limited to support incorporated into the painting and drawing apps, but many of the major titles are on board. More details in the reviews listed below.

The Jot Touch is about $100 (Available on Amazon).

[Via BoingBoing]

7 comments for Jot Touch pressure sensitive stylus for iPad reviewed »

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  1. Comment by Dave Dubé
    Tuesday, August 14, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    Oooooh, Charlie. I passed this one on to a young friend. We’ll see what she thinks!

  2. Comment by Dave Dubé
    Tuesday, August 14, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    Sorry, CHARLEY for using the wrong name…

  3. Comment by Charley Parker
    Tuesday, August 14, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    NP, Dave; common assumption, but thanks.

  4. Comment by Vesna
    Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 2:28 am

    Please advise – once you have a complete work on your ipad where do you go from there-how is it transfered on to paper.

  5. Comment by Charley Parker
    Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    That is an issue handled separately by each painting/drawing app available for the iPad (e.g. Procreate, Sketchbook, ArtRage, Brushes, etc.). You would need to look at the information from the makers of each app to see what provision has been made for transfer to another computer or Bluetooth printing from the iPad.

  6. Comment by Jim
    Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    Give it a year. It will down to a fine point ( that works).

  7. Comment by Charley Parker
    Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

    It would be nice. Unfortunately, unless Apple changes the underlying iPad tech, I think every stylus will have a certain degree of clunkyness – limited by the touchscreen’s dependence on a capacitive area similar in size to a finger.

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