If you enjoy drawing, doodling and even writing with a stylus on your iPad, you will be interested in learning more about the Pogo Connect Bluetooth 4.0 stylus from Ten One Design. The Pogo Connect is a capacitive stylus with super powers. When used with a certain selection of drawing and note taking apps, line widths will reflect the pressure put on the tip, making writing and drawing feel more natural. Let me show you.
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The Pogo Connect looks like an ordinary stylus, but inside it is a Crescendo sensor that can detect 100′s of pressure levels as you press the tip against your iPad’s display.
What exactly does a Crescendo Sensor do?
Some sensors use piezo-electric discs. Others use deformable resistive materials. Still other use resonating electrical circuits and moving ferrous materials.
Our sensor is fundamentally different from all of those. It uses a very new idea to detect pressure, and has no moving parts. We think it’s hot stuff, but not because it’s new. It’s hot stuff because it works better than those other technologies.
The stylus has a brushed aluminum body with the capacitive tip on one end, a power/connect button on the barrel and a screw off cap on the opposite end.
It takes one AAA battery (which is included) to power the stylus for months.
One cool feature that I’ve not seen with other styluses is the design of the tip. Although the tip feels similar to other capacitive stylus tips, it is magnetic, which means it’s both replaceable and upgradable. The upgradeable part intrigues me, but so far there’s no info on that.
Using this stylus requires a 3rd or 4th generation iPad. I thought I was sent a bad stylus because it wouldn’t work. We finally figured out that the reason was because I was trying to use it with my iPad mini. Once I switched over to a 3rd gen iPad, it worked fine. Just something to keep in mind if the iPad mini is your primary tablet.
See it in action
The Ten One Design Pogo Connect stylus is more fun to use than a standard stylus, but since the pressure sensitivity and palm rejection features aren’t available in all apps or with Android devices, it seems like a niche product with a narrow scope. I am impressed with what I’ve seen though and look forward to what’s in store for this product and other pressure sensitive styluses in the near future.