He's got the touch

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 October, 2011, 12:00am


Following on from his success with the XStylus Crayon for the Nintendo 3DS - created with the help of global crowd-funding platform IndieGoGo - local inventor Elton Leung Yu-man has devised a similar solution for the iPad.

'I found the iPad perfect for sketching ideas for my inventions. However, Apple doesn't produce a stylus and, even though I tried more than 30, I couldn't find one that suits me,' says Leung.

'The ones I tried were designed for pointing and tapping but didn't do sketching as the tip needed to make contact with the screen the entire time. I was fed up with having to retouch every other stroke, so I decided to create my own.'

Leung, a mechanical engineer who studied at the University of Toronto, in Canada, and City University of Hong Kong, spent months building prototypes and tinkering with the design before he came up with the super-responsive XStylus Touch.

The 32-gram capacitive touch pen features a tip that glides smoothly on the iPad's glass screen and is so sensitive, even the slightest strokes are registered. It comes with a holder that attaches to the iPad's charging port.

Leung was unable to get the project off the ground himself and has launched another all-or-nothing pre-order on IndieGoGo. The pen is priced at US$25 and a full refund is guaranteed if the project doesn't reach the goal of US$50,000 - the total that will trigger production - before the October 31 deadline.

For more information, visit www.indiegogo.com/XStylus-Touch, where a demonstration video is available.