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iPen...the digital stylus for iPad!
iPen...the digital stylus for iPad!
1,761 backers pledged $162,333 to help bring this project to life.

re: iPen is not "the first" active digitizer

Dear Kickstarter,

Our wording on the Kickstarter website regarding our iPen describes it as “the first” active digitizer stylus for the iPad. A recent posting on The Verge suggests that the iPen was not the first active digitizer for the iPad, because other companies have licensed the same technology. We would like to clear up any misunderstanding.

Our belief at the time we launched on Kickstarter was that our iPen was the first such digitizer to reach the market. If this was an oversight on our part, we sincerely apologize.  Without rationalizing it as an excuse, it's at least worth noting that we were not alone. The response to the iPen has been overwhelming from those for whom it was the first such digitizer they had ever seen.

We never claimed, nor intended to claim, that it would be the only such device. Indeed, we were flattered that others had licensed the same ultrasonic patents. In our eyes, this validated our efforts to be the first to productize this remarkable technology and bring it to market. If we were not successful in doing this, if we were not in fact the first to bring our product to market, then we apologize to anyone we inadvertently misled.

Going forward, we would like to remove all potential for misunderstanding by updating our Kickstarter announcement to remove the controversial phrase “the first” from our posting.  The market can then judge who has done the best job of transforming this wonderful new technology into a useful, reasonably-priced product that integrates with popular iPad applications to provide a complete handwriting solution. 

Again, we apologize for any misunderstanding. We very much appreciate the remarkable support we've received from the Kickstarter community, which has been so helpful in getting our project off the ground.

Best regards,

The Cregle Team


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    1. Freddy Henin on December 29, 2011

      I honestly don't care about this....The fact that you guys set up an SDK for other apps to join in...came to the right place for funding and for people to see your product, have 1761 people on board with more people surely getting on board once it goes on your site. You guys have created a gateway not only for a perfect MFi product but integrating it into ANY app that wants to join in. Kudos Cregle, I'm supporting you guys as long as I can afford it.

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      Jong soo, Kim on December 29, 2011

      I think, Ipen is different from other pen. because Ipen support more app than other acttive pen. there is very important for me. so i selected your pen. if ipen does not supported other app. I never buy it..
      Cheer up~Cregle

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      John Giannaris on December 29, 2011

      Why does yours look exactly like the other 2?

    4. harrio
      on December 29, 2011

      the 'verge' posted about the site update, so all is now we can get back to what is most important - lusting after the release of the ipen.

    5. BarryG on December 29, 2011

      Can't wait to receive my IPen, and then Ipen 2 with pressure sensitivity somewhere down the line. Thanks for the great work to bring this to market and get so many great apps for writing and design/drawing. the negative article and comments on The Verge won't diminish your achievement and hopefully the Kickstarter community will understand and stand behind you and your product.

    6. Francisco Fabian Gonzalez on December 29, 2011

      A have to say the same that Rebeca, I had been many time searching for the perfect stylus for taking notes at university on iPad, and iPen it's the perfect one, it was the first active stylus that I found and also the best, I specially love the SDK and the integration with many apps.
      Thanks a lot for this great product.

    7. Rebeca Martín de León on December 29, 2011

      I searched a lot of stylus for my iPad because I take my university notes in it. I bought some, but all disappointed me. Then, I found the iPen, only with the presenting video I know that it's the perfect stylus for me. You must not feel bad, I think that the video and the product's description not fooling anyone.
      Thanks for your work.

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      et on December 29, 2011

      don't need to apologize. your pen is different because we can use it with external apps. so just gather as many app partners as you can to shut them up.

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      Faizul Suhail on December 28, 2011

      Bravo on such an honest statement. Nonetheless I still believe iPen will the first product to Mainstream this technology in US. At the same time I hope that with all the extra funding you guys will upgrade the product even more with a sleeker, more classy designing, more colors and pressure sensitivity.

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      Sid Parihar on December 28, 2011

      Most excited to hear about the possibility of a pressure sensitive version in the future.