One of the most logical use of the iPad would draw freehand and take notes as if it were a notebook. However, writing or painting with a fingertip does not usually have the accuracy we need to undertake serious. This is also accentuated by the fact that we are used to make our strokes with an object, be it a pen, a pen or pencil, so we see exactly the point on which we support.
To do this, there are many digital pen or stylus, which cost from 1 to 100 €, depending on the technology and design with. For example, the most basic are made with a thick edge of a conductive material but does not damage the screen (so-called passive stylus). Moreover, there are tutorials online for making your own homemade stylus with foil. Needless to say that the results leave something to be desired in this case.
The problem with using this solution is that the iPhone touch screen is designed to take as the clicked pixel, Aque resulting from averaging many pixels activated with the fingertip. This is obvious, it gives stability and reliability in long strokes that we not use something thinner than a finger.
The most interesting options, although more expensive, are those who refuse to simply replace our finger on a mechanical element, and propose a more complete solution. The idea is, through Bluetooth or other radio technology, accurately convey elements such as color, pressure or tilting the stylus on the screen. The results are spectacular, as you can see in this video.
Now, more than 50 euros prepera to wonders like this. In addition, these solutions prevent the problem of supporting the palm of your hand. It turns out that most of us support part of the hand when writing naturally, and the iPad screen interprets these pulses as well as strokes, making a mess. Using stylus or assets as IPEN Blue Tiger, the screen knows not to respond to keystrokes, because the information will arrive via Bluetooth.
The best applications for handwriting are, in our opinion, Bamboo Paper, Penultimate and Noteshelf.
They are trying to solve the problem of accuracy using zooms, and the problem of the palm by the layout recognition algorithms, but do not give perfect results.
On the other hand, the arrival of the new iPhone has been the manufacturers of tray stylus and digital pen developing a device that takes advantage of the enormous density of pixels of the Retinal Display to paint more accurately. We have not seen any, but it is expected that the active stylus designed for the new iPad does provide a very similar experience to draw or write in a notebook.
Have you tried a stylus? Did you activate or passive? Do you think that the new iPad yes you can get a similar experience to write by hand?