This morning Samsung sprang a surprise on the world - the same world that expected Samsung’s announcements for IFA 2014 to be over. No way, says Samsung, bringing on another device that won’t be overshadowed by the likes of the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy VR. Not if a splash of "Active" has anything to say about it.
Paper notebooks show no signs of dying off, and so Moleskine is partnering up with Livescribe to make new pads that will work with the digital pen company, pushing handwritten notes up into the cloud. The new Moleskine Notebooks look at first glance to be just the same as their regular counterparts, but have been given the unique printed patterns that the Livescribe pen range can track and thus digitize.
Just 9 days or so to go, so naturally Samsung is trying to build up the hype surrounding its next stylus-toting phablet, the Galaxy Note 4. And it is doing so by trying remind us, or convince most, that smartphones haven't killed off the need for a writing instrument and that the S Pen might just be the perfect tool to bridge the analog and digital divide.
The Scribble pen/stylus is a device that recently launched in a Kickstarter campaign, promising to bring the dream of a color-switching pen to reality. The campaign saw wild success, exceeding its goal thrice over -- only to be pulled by Kickstarter, stoking concerns that it is a scam.
LG "accidentally" leaked the existence of, or at least plans for, a stylus-wielding G3 Stylus. Naturally, everyone immediately started to note, no pun intended, its supposed rivalry with Samsung's Galaxy Note family. If you have been keeping your hopes up that this would be the case, you might unfortunately find the latest leaks discouraging, portraying a smartphone that won't really be able to stand up to Samsung's equivalent.
With all its gaming prowess, you could quite forget that the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet has a second personality. Taking the clever Tegra-accelerated stylus technology of NVIDIA’s Note 7, and supercharging it with more sensitivity, less latency, and custom-created apps to show it off at its best, the DirectStylus 2 system promises the best of a digital pen with neither cost nor complexity in the way of compromises. We thought it was worthy of some time by itself in the spotlight.
Wacom is taking on Paper, 53's highly popular iPad app, by taking its own drawing-based software where Paper dare not tread. Wacom is expanding the scope of its Bamboo Paper app beyond iOS, making it available on Windows 8 and Android, both of the Google kind and the Amazon flavor. What's more, to celebrate the milestone, Wacom is offering many of its tools, features, and brushes for free for a limited time only.
Adobe isn't the only company with a new iPad stylus today, with Adonit's Jot Touch with Pixelpoint based on the same technology as the Adobe Ink and promising to deliver 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity in a new breed of iOS art apps. Jot Touch hooks up to the iPad via Bluetooth LE, communicating pressure as well as signals from the two barrel buttons, into new apps like Adobe Line and Adobe Sketch.
Adobe got tired of waiting for a great stylus for the iPad, and so it took on the challenge itself, coming up with Adobe Ink and its companion ruler, Slide. Pens for the iPad aren’t new, but neither have they been especially proficient, but Adobe is aiming to change all that with slickly designed hardware and tightly-integrated software. I’ve been using Adobe Ink & Slide with the iPad Air for the past few weeks; read on for my full verdict.
iPad stylus Pencil will gain pressure support with the arrival of iOS 8 in the fall, with creators FiftyThree cooking up a new system for adjusting line thickness by how much of the rubbery tip is in contact with the display. Pencil, launched back in late 2013, took a natural approach to its hardware, with a wooden barrel, and instead focused on building the stylus' smarts into the companion apps.