The Return of The Stylus

While to many it may seem that the stylus is dead and obsolete input device, the truth is that it a very much desired and beloved input. Some people seem to cringe even when they here the word “Stylus”, because it used to be very inconvenient and losing said stylus would often render your device unusable, but that has changed and the stylus has become a great secondary input device. What about the stylus is so great, and what evidence do you have that is coming back? The stylus is a great input device because it allows one to do productive such as note taking, drawing, and digitally signing documents. For example you were sent a pdf containing homework and the person who sent it to you wanted in digital form rather than printing the document, writing on it and re-scanning it and sending, just annotate over it with a stylus and send it back to the person. For drawing a stylus is useful because you don’t have to be constantly drawing on paper and re-scanning them, this makes processes such as animation move more efficiently. For note taking your not always carrying around a bunch of notebooks just a stylus and tablet or using a stylus and tablet to take notes in a text book or novel such functionality is very useful for students. So I said many of the reasons why people like the stylus what examples do I have to show that it is coming back? The HTC Flyer a generally well received device advertises its main selling point as having a stylus for drawing, taking notes, and other tasks, while the device is pretty expensive thanks to that N-Trig active digitizer hardware but reviewers have found that the functionality is well implemented and it is worth the extra cost. Dell just before they were going to release the Dell Mini 5 (Now Dell Streak 5) were going to make a special stylus system for that would allow for input through a specialized transparent resistive touchscreen layer over a capacitive touchscreen unfortunately Dell had to get their product to market sooner so they abandoned the idea. Also the HP Slate 500 includes similar active digitizer hardware found in the HTC Flyer and was able to sell reasonably well thanks to that functionality. I’m saving my money up so I can get an HTC Flyer. My final example is the most important one is from the company that started the crusade against stylus powered devices the one only Apple who said “Who wants a stylus” or “If you see a stylus or task manager they did it wrong”, despite these statements Apple applied for patent on a heated stylus with a finepoint tip for idevices, so I’m glad Apple realized to be productive with a touchscreen device a Stylus is almost necessary. Also one of the most popular accessories capacitive touch devices are Pogo type styli that imitate a finger, but a common complaint about these is lack of a fine point tip and pressure sensitivity. So what is active digitizer it is a special touchscreen layer added to a capacitive it enables pressure sensitivity through a bluetooth stylus and palm rejection where it will detect that skin is being placed on the screen to avoid accidental input for uninterrupted use. Remember their is a reason why people say the pen mightier than the sword. Please leave your thoughts down below through a comment.

Sources

http://tamswms.tamoggemon.com/2010/03/09/dell-mini-5-the-return-of-the-stylus/

http://www.engadget.com/2011/07/07/apple-patent-apps-describe-smart-pens-for-notetaking-and-long/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YY3MSaUqMg

http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/08/jobs-if-you-see-a-stylus-or-a-task-manager-they-blew-it/

http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/15/a-closer-look-at-the-htc-flyers-screen-and-stylus-aka-htc-scri/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YboSLxy9nxY

http://www.amazon.com/Ten-Design-Stylus-iPhone-Black/dp/B00174N3OI