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Registered: ‎04-11-2013
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Drawing Stylus for the Blackberry Playbook

Greetings Everyone,


I would like to know if there is a stylus out there somewhere that can be used for Blackberry Playbook as a drawing / sketching stylus which doesnt have a stubby finger like tip on it, since we dont draw or write using our fingers but rather a drawing or writing stylus ?


Any help is appreciated.



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Re: Drawing Stylus for the Blackberry Playbook

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UPDATE #1:  I just found out about this Stylus on KickStarter but I don't know if it will work on the PlayBook - unlike the iPad that they demo in the videos: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/531383637/jot-capacitive-touch-stylus?ref=category by http://adonit.net/


On their site, they are selling them now apparently but they're not cheap. http://adonit.net/store/product/


I'm really tempted to track one of these down and try it on the PlayBook even though there are no apps to use it on the PlayBook yet...watch this sucker in action. Can you imagine SketchBook Pro using this? I'm liking what I see...




UPDATE #2: Apparently they DO work on the PlayBook but not touch sensitivity at this time since there are no apps available for it yet. https://getsatisfaction.com/adonit/topics/will_the_new_jot_pro_smaller_tip_work_with_blackberry_play...


I sure hope someone ports an Android port over to the PlayBook - I'd even be satisfied with it working in the Android Emulator and not a native PlayBook application.


My Original Answer (which is not entirely incorrect now):

Unfortunately no...they're all nub type ones that work on the PlayBook. I think you want a Samsung device.


The answer lies in the type of display/digitizer used in the PlayBook. It's capacitive which works on electrical conductivity and distortion of the screen's electrostatic field. There is a certain threshold of electrical conductivity that needs to be present to trigger the sensors in the capacitive display. This is why most all stylus these days on capacitive displays are fat nubs - they've figured out that a certain (rather large) size will work fine where as the small fine tipped pencil like tips won't conduct enough electricity to modify the electrostatic field of the display. Somehow Samsung has overcome this using some kind of technology in their phones and tablets. Eventually, the others will most likely catch up, but until then, you're not going to be doing much accurate drawing on the PlayBook as it is...