Microsoft Made a Better Stylus That Knows How You're Holding It

Intelligent processing and more sensitive capacitive displays have allowed our fingers to replace the stylus that was once required for using a touchscreen—but not completely. Drawing and other artistic apps still benefit from the precision of a stylus, and Microsoft Research has come up with a way to make a digital… » 10/06/14 2:05pm 10/06/14 2:05pm

The Classic Bic Pen Now Works On Your Smartphone Display Too

Writing implements aren't going to be supplanted by touchscreen devices anytime soon. But that isn't stopping Bic from hedging its bets and ensuring its classic see-through plastic pens remain relevant. The company's new Cristal Stylus features a rubber tip on the bottom letting you jot notes on a touchscreen device,… » 1/28/14 1:40pm 1/28/14 1:40pm

Wacom Cintiq Companion Review: A Dream for Drawing, Otherwise Awkward

If you're a tablet user who likes to draw, you know that the experience offered by an iPad or other consumer-oriented tablet is pretty limited. Wacom, maker of drawing-specific digital interfaces, now has a portable and powerful solution in the Cintiq Companion. It's great at one thing, but sometimes that's just not… » 11/20/13 2:00pm 11/20/13 2:00pm

Adobe’s Experimental Stylus Just Got Real, And Is Coming Within a Year

When Adobe unveiled its first attempt at building hardware tools—a stylus called Project Mighty and a digital ruler called Project Napoleon—last April, the company was careful to describe the devices as prototypes, dancing around whether we’d ever be able to, you know, buy them. But today, Mighty and Napoleon are… » 9/17/13 4:09pm 9/17/13 4:09pm

Wooden Spoon Stylus Saves Your Touchscreen From Messy Fingers

A myriad of cooking apps have made the iPad an indispensable kitchen accessory for many of us. But raw ingredients and expensive electonics don't mix very well. So to keep your tablet free of floury fingerprints and greasy smears, swap your standard wooden spoon with this capacitive alternative. » 3/04/13 4:00pm 3/04/13 4:00pm

Pogo Connect Stylus Review: Pressure Sensitivity for iPad, But Only…

Despite the myriad uses an iPad can serve up, one area where it falls short is artistic creation. Sure, there are tons of sketching and painting apps, but they are hampered by one shortcoming of the iPad's display: lack of pressure sensitivity. The Pogo Connect Stylus tries to mend this gap and open the doors to a… » 1/18/13 2:00pm 1/18/13 2:00pm

Touchscreen Friendly Fingernails Turn Every Digit Into a Stylus

If you're a fan of long fingernails you've probably already developed special techniques for using touchscreen devices. But Sri Vellanki, the creator of a fingertip stylus called Tech Tips, feels women shouldn't be limited to what technology they can use because of their fashion choices. So she's developed a… » 1/15/13 9:46am 1/15/13 9:46am

Mixing Sharpies and Touchscreen Devices Seems Really Dangerous

Repurposing one of the myriad of writing implements on your desk as a stylus for a touchscreen device shows some clever MacGyver-like adaptability. But bringing an indelible permanent marker like a Sharpie anywhere near your tablet or smartphone's screen is downright cringe-worthy—even if the business end is covered… » 11/13/12 4:40pm 11/13/12 4:40pm