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Turn your favorite pen into a touchscreen stylus.
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The FAQ Page

Hi Everyone, I will be updating this FAQ page throughout the project. If you have any questions that you feel need to be answered, please leave them in the comments below and I will do my best to answer them for you.

So far this covers the five topics I have seen brought up the most: When will I get my Stylus Cap? Where in the process are you now? Shipping Cost. Pen Compatibility. Device Compatibility.

Thanks! 

- Don

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WHEN WILL I GET MY STYLUS CAP?

The Short Version Roughly: End of April / Early May. This is subject to change. Why? Read below.

The Long Version To everyone who is wondering when you will get your Stylus Caps, here is a very rough schedule: Refinements to the prototypes have been and are continuing through out the rest of the funding period, which ends on March 16th. 14 days after that (when the funding clears), I hope to be starting with production. I would estimate about a month after that Stylus Caps will start to ship, which would put us at the end of April / early May.

Keep in mind this is all open to change, it could be longer, it could be shorter. Normally when a product is announced, its either shipping immediately, or an exact ship date is announced. The beauty of Kickstarter is it allows the development process to be viewed by everyone. It can be messy, but ultimately its very rewarding. I promise I will give you as detailed updates they come available and make you a part of this.

WHEN DO I CHOOSE WHICH STYLUS CAP I WANT?

After the Kickstarter funding is over, I will send out a survey to all Backers that will ask which cap you want.

WHERE IN THE PROCESS ARE YOU NOW?

As of February 16th (when you put this project over the $15k goal), Stylus Caps are in the Refinement Phase. Truth be told I had already started working through some of this, but you made it official.

In many ways this is the most difficult and most rewarding phase. Tolerances are adjusted by 1/10th of a millimeter, exact materials are decided (316 Stainless vs. 316LVM Stainless, discuss), Pantone colors are specified, etc. In short, how well the product is going to do what it is supposed to do is decided here. Its nerve-wracking and obsessive.

I love this phase.

SHIPPING COST 

All backers must add the cost of shipping to their pledge. Shipping in the US is $5, to Canada is $10, and International is $15.

For example if you Backed at the $20 PRE-ORDER Level and live in the US, shipping is $5 so your total should be $25. If you Backed at the $70 BRASS PACK Level and are International, shipping is $15 so your total should be $85.

I'm really sorry for the confusion. If you need help to figure out your shipping, please message me through Kickstarter and I will do my best to sort through everything with you.

PEN COMPATIBILITY

Stylus Caps are only guaranteed to work with the 3 pens in the above picture: Sharpie Fine Point, Bic Round Stic, and Pilot Fineliner. That's it.

DEVICE COMPATIBILITY

Any device with a capacitive touchscreen should work with a Stylus Cap. However, I have actually used the Stylus Cap with the devices below and can confirm 100% that they are compatible. If you have a device that you would like to use with the Stylus Cap, do not see it below, and are not sure if it will work, message me through Kickstarter and I will try and find a way to test it out.

TABLETS 

iOS - iPad, iPad 2

Android - Dell Streak, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Sony Dash, Viewsonic Viewpad 7

SMARTPHONES

iOS - iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4

webOS - Pre, Pre Plus, Pre 2

Android - Motorola: Droid, Droid Pro, Droid 2, Droid X, HTC: Droid Incredible, Evo 4G

TOUCHSCREEN PCs 

Dell Inspiron One 2305, Gateway One 2x4800, HP Touchsmart 600-1350, HP Touchsmart 300-1122, Lenovo Ideacentre B308, Sony Vaio VPC-J118F8

Comments

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      Lynn Barr on April 15, 2011

      How do I order?

    2. Marco Casabona on April 9, 2011

      Don, you Are a genius...
      From Italy

    3. Joe Minkiewicz on March 9, 2011

      FYI, I got a Fineliner and tried to fit the cap on a Paper Mate Flair: too small but seem like it would stay anyway. The Fineliner is just too fine, I don't think I'll be able to switch from the Flair just to accommodate a nice iPad stylus. Also put a Bic cap on the Flair and same thing. Not a perfect match either way but it seems like the tip quality should make up for it. Ordered a three pack and figured I can find someone who would want the sharpie version.

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      Michael on March 5, 2011

      I have made a pledged for the Brass / Fineliner version. I will be using it purely for writing - maybe up to a few hours every day - and, on that point, I have a couple of questions:

      1. From what I've discovered, some other styluses can scratch an iPad's glass cover, and so it's recommended you have a protective film over the glass. I'd prefer not to do that. What's the collective experiences with your rubber tip - has it scratched / marked an iPad in any way? Do I need to get a protective film?

      2. Again, from what I've seen on YouTube and the reviews I've read, most of the tips used in other styluses are poorly manufactured and consequently will have a short lifespan. I realize you're still in the development phase, but no doubt you have clocked up dozens of hours in field testing. That said, how durable has the tip been so far? Have you found, over time, wear and tear affecting its accuracy and performance? As I said, I plan to be using it every day, so I just wanted to get some kind of feel for its lifespan.

    5. Don Lehman Creator on February 24, 2011

      Device Compatibility update: I added Droid 2, Droid X, and Droid Pro today.

      I haven't been able to test the Xoom or the Archos 101 yet, but still feel confident that those will work.

    6. Joe Minkiewicz on February 24, 2011

      Any chance you could test if the Pilot Fineliner cap will also fit on a Paper Mate Flair pen? (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000J09CO6/) They seem similar enough that it's possible. I will have to go see if a Fineliner fits my needs as well in case they're not compatible. Thanks!

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      Josh W on February 24, 2011

      No worries about any shipping for me. I understood the pricing+shipping from the get go. Fulfillment is a PITA as lots of the really successful Kickstarter project managers find out. The Glif guys say they spent $60k on shipping/fulfillment. ouch!!

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      Cooper Levering on February 24, 2011

      $5.00 Really? You are totally getting screwed on the shipping cost. Have you heard about the USPS if it fits it ships. Hell put it in a envelope and slap a stamp on it. I want to see the total weight of the item and it's size before I believe it cost $5.00 to ship it!

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      Sharon Mathes on February 23, 2011

      I have an Android Tablet - Archos 101. Will the stylus work with this

    10. Christian Skorik on February 23, 2011

      No worries on the shipping confusion. It's happened before on many projects here on kickstarter. I'm excited about this item! Really cool idea. And great for me since I use sharpies all the time.

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      Brian on February 23, 2011

      I have a Zagg screen protector on my iPad. Will the stylus work with it?

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      Tim Marcum on February 23, 2011

      I will be using my stylus with my EXOPC Slate, a Windows 7 tablet computer. Even if it doesn't work with this device, I am still happy to back this project. I love to see individuals who question the way things are done and then work to improve them. I am glad someone alterted me to this project and to Kickstarter in general.

    13. Matt on February 23, 2011

      Ok nevermind, I just re-read the section on shipping. So we add the $5 to our existing pledge, got it.

    14. Matt on February 23, 2011

      I think the "add $5" is confusing because we're not sure where or when we're supposed to add that shipping fee. I pledged $25 for the brass edition assuming I would be paying shipping later, when the items were ready to ship. Is that right?

    15. Don Lehman Creator on February 23, 2011

      @Christopher Pickslay
      Terribly sorry about the confusion. If you backed at the "KICKSTARTER LIMITED EDITION BRASS" option for $25, you need to add $5 for shipping. Your total is $30.

      Again, I'm really sorry about the confusion.

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      Christopher Pickslay on February 23, 2011

      I'm still confused by the statement "All backers must add shipping to their overall pledge." For example, if I want the "KICKSTARTER LIMITED EDITION BRASS" option for $25, and I live in the US, do I pledge $25 or $30? It sounds from this statement like you will add shipping to whatever the pledge is. Can you clarify?