Hacking the touch input

Discussion in 'iPad Hacks' started by DanFessler, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. DanFessler macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2010
    I'm a professional artist in the video games industry and I have a fairly simple question for the iDevice hacking community. I'm unsure if this is the best place to ask the question, so if it is not, please direct me to a more appropriate forum.

    As an artist, the concept of being able to draw on the screen is of huge value. There are several technologies that try to realize this concept including some tablet PC's and wacom's cintiq series - however often times these solutions are either too bulky for every-day casual use (I'm not going to lug a laptop and a cintiq with me on a bus to sketch for a while) or is not catered to the artist at all - leaving us to just "make due."

    When the iPad came out, it excited many artists at the possibility of having a casual every-day digital sketchbook. However the excitement was soon replaced with disappointment when we learned there would be no support for wacom-like digitizing pens. Yes, you can paint with your finger, but honestly it will never replace working with a pen. Some companies tried to solve the problem. Many "soft-tip" capacitive touch pens were made, but they are no better than using a finger and wear out fast. Some "rubber-top" capacitive touch pens were made, which are definitely better, but is still bulky and far from precise. What is *really* needed is a hard-tip, fine-point, capacitive touch pen. Why can't we have that? There is a hilarious amount of videos of people making DIY solutions to get this, but all are pretty silly.

    Here is one example:

    Here is the problem; The iPad ignores any capacitive touch that is too small to be considered a finger touch. So it got me thinking - is this something that can be hacked around through jailbreaking the ipad? If it could, then a hard-tip fine-point capacitive touch pen is certainly an easy possibility and many artists alike would be insanely happy.
  2. xraytech macrumors 68030

    Mar 24, 2010
    I think what you're looking for is the oStylus.

  3. DanFessler thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2010
    Unfortunately no - I'd want a hard-tip Fine-point capacitive pen. What you've found is one of many work-arounds people have tried to solve this problem. The link I provided is actually more usable. It'd be way more cumbersome to paint with that o-pen than a finger. But you're missing the point I think. Its not the pen that's hard to find. I could easily find and use the pen I'm describing if only the iPad would register it's input as a valid touch. Currently the iPad completely disregards inputs that are smaller than what a finger should be.

    So i'm not looking for a pen - I'm looking for a hack/mod for the iPad to allow for point-sized touches as valid inputs... or a definitive answer if it is even possible. Or in other words, I'm asking if there is a software solution to this problem rather than the many silly hardware solutions.
  4. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I'm not sure that the capacitive screen is accurate enough hardware wise. Not 100% sure but it's the feeling I have.

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