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.
The Cregle Team