FiftyThree Launches a Stylus Called ‘Pencil’ For iPad
Tablets have been used for many purposes by the consumers. But they fell short in grabbing attention of real artists who make sketches and create intriguing abstract paintings. Paper, an app for iOS by FiftyThree, was able to provide experience of creating sketches much closer to the real sketches made on a real paper using a real pencil or pen.
Paper’s goal was to provide an interface to the artists for creating drawings and sketches just like they create them on a real paper using a stylus. Paper has been very successful in achieving their goal. It has received Apple’s app of the year award too.
FiftyThree, the company behind Paper, launched a stylus called “Pencil” for its app. Pencil is a rectangular tool that looks and feels like a real pencil. It comes in two types of bodies — graphite ($59.95) and walnut ($74.95). It is nicely built and doesn’t show any wires or buttons on the body. It looks as real as a carpenter’s pencil and is not even hefty.
Pencil makes it easier to draw sketches on the iPad than using hands. It feels the same as if you were using a real pencil or pen on Paper. It is actually a gadget that uses Bluetooth to interact with iPad, and have enough battery to last a month. Thanks to Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) that it uses to pair with iPad.
It can be fully charged through standard USB port in 90 minutes. Even if it is powered off, it can still be used but you will not be able to use it to its full potential.
When you read “Bluetooth,” you might be wondering that it would be a pain, just like other Bluetooth devices, to connect this gadget every time you start using the app. The app features a great way to connect Pencil. You just have to press a button using Pencil’s tip and it will pair automatically while the button intrigues you with its whirling in few seconds.
An interesting thing about Pencil is that you can use one side of the Pencil to draw while the other side can be used as an eraser. The rubber tip at the back is flat and looks like a real eraser.
The most interesting feature in Pencil — palm rejection — is that it detects whether you want to use Pencil or your hand to draw. When you are drawing, you can rest your hand on the iPad and draw at the same time using the Pencil. “You’ll forget you’re creating on a tablet,” as claimed by FiftyThree.
However, the snag is that the tip of Pencil which is used for drawing is not as pointy as a real pencil. So when you want to draw sharp lines or finer details, you have to zoom in. FiftyThree has promised to increase accuracy with upcoming iOS 8 update and to add a feature that will let the user set the thickness using pressure sensitivity.