Some time back I had the pleasure of bringing you Elton Leung and his XStylus on IndieGoGo. The project was a tremendous success. Thank You. Today, I want you to know He’s back! Allow me to introduce the XStylus Touch.
Before I get into the mechanics of the XStylus Touch, I want to say that after my conversation with Elton, I was surprised to learn for a mere $15 you get an XStylus Touch pen Miami gamers. So, it’s not a donation at all; it’s a purchase. And it’s a pretty cool touch-screen pen.
I also want to point out that today’s modern Solid State Hard Drives (SSD), are for the most part—well, solid state. They have fewer moving parts, write and read information faster, and are not subject to magnetic interference. (More on that later)
The main difference between solid state drives and hard disk drives is that hard disk drives are electromechanical, meaning that they have moving parts. In a HDD the hard drive has an actual magnetic disk that needs to spin and it has a moving read/write head. So hard disk drives are slower because they need to wait for these moving parts to get into place before they can save information or read/write files.
In contrast, solid state drives (SSD) have no moving parts and they store information in microchips, much like a USB flash drive (but much faster!) and they can instantly start saving information or reading files, without having to wait for any moving parts to get in place.
Alright, moving on; the iPad, both 1 and 2 have a SSD, but more importantly, they have what’s called a capacitive touch screen. Touch the screen with a pen or pencil or eraser, nothing happens. Hit it too hard and you’ve damaged the screen. Use your finger and it works. But, you leave finger prints. (Notice the little black cloth that comes with the iPad).
The reason it works with your finger and not a piece of plastic is that it is conductive. You are actually transmitting electrons to the screen. But, it’s not very efficient at all. You really need a pointing device. Hence, the XStylus Touch was invented.
The XStylus Touch is an ergonomic capacitive iPad stylus that transforms into a 14 mm wide grip touch pen with a 180 rotation of its pen core. The XStylus Touch comes with a crystal clear magnetic holder that attaches to the charging port of the iPad 1 and 2. It is a premium iPad touch pen and it is a patented solution—using a conductive silicon head. And since the hard drive in the iPad is SSD or flash, the magnet holder poses no problem to memory loss—and less chance of losing your pen as it sticks to the side of the iPad.
The pen core is made entirely of solid metal and it’s pricey as it’s made from wax molding. A method commonly used to make precious metal jewelry. Each piece is then hand polished to premium quality.
Since this piece is the heart and soul (and weight) of this pen, Elton will forge ahead using this iron alloy, which really feels and looks incredible for its weight and polishing.
The XStylus Touch prototype weighs 32 grams. The final product will be very close to this weight, making it one of the heaviest iPad styli on the market.
A couple more things
This is an all or nothing investment for Mr. Leung. If he doesn’t reach his goal, he will refund your money. Yes, you’ll get your money back if he doesn’t make his goal. That makes it a no loose investment on your part Miami Gamers.
You gotta check this guy out; the XStylus Touch is a brilliant piece of engineering.
Special Offer for Miami Examiner Readers
Elton is offering a special deal to the readers of the Miami Examiner. The first two readers who support the project at the $25 level will get a second XStylus Touch free of charge. To claim this special deal, just leave a private comment to Elton, after you have placed the order. Nice!
Power to the gamer Miami guys and gals.