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| October 18, 2013
Paper Maker FiftyThree Is Designing Its Own Stylus
Paper, meet Pencil. The developer behind the popular iPad drawing app will soon be announcing a Bluetooth capacitive stylus. Engadget first spotted the hardware, named Pencil, in recent FCC filings. The filings detail two separate models – one made with wood and another crafted from aluminum alloy. In an image, it looks like the end of the stylus will have a USB plug so the entire device can be plugged in for recharging. Artists can already use other stylus models, like the Wacom Bamboo and Pogo Connect, with the app. If you haven’t gotten the chance to use Paper by FiftyThree, it can be downloaded now in the App Store for free. It is only for the iPad/iPad mini. Numerous in-app purchases unlock different virtual drawing instruments. Apple also named Paper its 2012 iPad App of the Year. Making its own stylus looks to be a natural progression for the company. Earlier this month, the app was updated with a new feature entitled Book. In a partnership with Moleskine, users can create their own 15-page book that will be printed and sent to them. Each book is $40. I’m interested to see what the final Pencil will look like. I’m also looking forward to taking a hands-on look at the more writing-focused Adonit Jot Script Evernote Edition stylus designed to work with Penultimate.