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Maglus, a magnetic stylus for the iPad 2

Turns out that Kickstarter isn’t the only funding site out there, and hiding on an Irish one is Maglus, a magnetic stylus for the iPad 2. Shaped somewhat like an AluPen but thinner on one axis, the Maglus’ main feature is integrated magnets that make it stick  to the iPad 2. It will stick both to the side (where the Smart Cover hinge normally grabs on) and on the Smart Cover itself, so you can carry it around with you without having to actually carry it.

The concept isn’t far off my MagPad stylus, a concept I drew up before the iPad 2 was announced. I’ve been toying with the idea of using my spare Smart Cover to magnetize my AluPen, but decided against it because it would add bulk to the stylus. I’m glad to see someone had the same idea and actually made a working prototype that both looks great and has no parts sticking out. As long as they can make the stylus functionality work well, this should be a killer product. They have 31 days to get to €15000 with €2300 raised so far, so head over to the project page if you find this interesting.  This Fundit site seems quite a bit smaller than Kickstarter so I’m not sure if they’ll be able to raise the money on that site, but I hope so, as I’d definitely like one of these Maglus…es? Magli?

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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4 thoughts on “Maglus, a magnetic stylus for the iPad 2

  • Avatar of randomremote

    Very clever design! It would still require a case of some sort so it doesn’t brush off when carrying around everywhere, but very handy for people using the iPad as a drawing tablet or something. Not sure angry birds was the best example of gaming with a stylus, but oh well…

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    • Agreed, clever design and use of these new covers’ magnets.

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  • Hi randomremote

    Noel from Applydea here, I am one of the designers of the Maglus. Thanks very much for the comment it’s much appreciated. We are so happy with the response so far. As tablet users we use a stylus everyday for working. We hope that this stylus we have developed to over come various problems we have seen will appeal to others also.

    We have a long way to go on our crowd funding site so we would appreciate it if you guys would spread the word.

    Thanks again

    Noel

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    • Avatar of randomremote

      I think products like this will really help turn tablets into real, workplace products, unlike those bulky twisty laptop-hybrid-tablets. I can definitely see this with engineers, artists, industrial designers who need to be mobile whilst still retaining the ability to make accurate selections on their tablets

      Good job!

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