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TEN ONE DESIGN'S pogo sketch
A Stylus For Some Touch Devices
By Ko Maruyama

When I heard about the Pogo sketch  tool, I immediately thought that this could be the stylus  that could supplement my`wacom tablet when I was using my Mac book remotely.   I love my Wacom  tablet and stylus and that I can fit into my briefcase easily, but the prospect of having a single stylus to scribble on  my laptop's touchpad was  alluring.

First, let me start out by saying that the Pogo sketch is a very light weight and conveniently short stylus. It has a clip on one end and a loop through which you may want to secure a tie of some kind. The metal shaft is lightweight very smooth and, although it is a very slim barrel, it feels very comfortable -- like a pencil.

At the end of the stylus there is a short black rubber tip, which helps to prevent any scratches you might produce while using the sketch on your device. The foam rubber tip is affixed well to the shaft, but it's the kind of thing that I can see wearing out very quickly. I'm sure there is some kind of snuggie  that you can outfit your sketch with after the rubber tip has died.


This thing was made for the  iPhone.  Many people have said before that this is a type of device that will help those women who have massively long fingernails - (and my friend knows who she is)- because it allows them to access the touch screen easily.  It might also help iphone users  who have trouble focusing the direction/contact of their digits to the screen.

Moreover, there are plenty of new drawing applications for the Apple iPhone for which this simple device might be excellent. I haven't had time to try out any of these drawing applications, but I intend to shortly.

For me, the attraction to the sketch by pogo was the possibility of using it with my Apple Macbook  as the kind of thing I could tuck into a pocket of pencils rather than attaching a USB device in order to sketch out a simple drawing. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any of the practical usefulness than I'd hoped for in this department. Now, I am spoiled because I use a Wacom Intuos3  tablet which has over 1000 different sensitivity levels. However, I could live without the sensitivity levels if the contact to the Macbook's touchpad maintained a constant rate of pressure.

In most testing, using Adobe's Photoshop, the pen failed to draw a simple lines. In those cases where the pen was able to draw partial lines, even under the heaviest pressure, the connection between the pen and trackpad would fail. Additionally, even when the connection between the pen and the pad was good, the resulting line drawn in Photoshop was often much jerkier  an uncontrolled than you could get with your finger alone.

However, there are many reasons why you might want a pogo sketch. The most obvious is for those times when contact with your Apple iPhone is difficult. Now that the pogo sketch can also  help to navigate your Blackberry Storm (and possibly your Blackberry Pre), it's  possibly for all touchscreen devices.  there are a couple of different stylus options you can get at the Ten One Design  website. It doesn't appear that there is any difference between the Pogo sketch and the stylus. At under  $15, this really is a handy iPhone device. Allowing you to make contact with the screen when your hands will allow it -- whether your nails are too long, your fingers are too wide, or you're just simply wearing gloves. You can check out the two different types of styluses and Ten One Design's SOUND CLIP (A mini megaphone for your 3D iPhone) that does dramatically change the sound of your iPhone's audio. SOUND CLIP is a simple, well designed accessory that fits easily onto your phone.

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.

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