Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on October 12, 2011.
About this project
Greetings, Kickstarters! Thank you for visiting our page for the Zeppelin Stylus, a sleek and stylish stylus that provides precise pointing and unobstructed view through a patent pending capacitive stainless steel wire tip for all touch screen tablets and smartphones.
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Functional Benefits - Precision and Clarity
Our stylus tip uses capacitive coupling to produce a writing instrument unimpeded by foam or a plastic disc. You get a clear unobstructed view of the screen as you’re writing, sketching, scribbling or selecting, thus making PRECISE touch with visual clarity possible on tablets and smartphones.
How does it work?
Modern touchscreens work by using the electrical property of capacitance to detect touch. To mimic the large capacitance of a finger, current styluses use a large, continuous conductive surface. The advantage of the Zeppelin stylus is the principle of capacitive coupling, which is the principle that a single conductive wire has electric fields that extend well beyond the wire itself. By combining several conductive wire rings, the Zeppelin mimics a solid conductive surface with much less material, giving a clearer view.
The patent pending tip is formed from a single piece of tempered stainless steel wire which makes it very strong and flexible. The center spring coil allows the outer ring to pivot easily so that you can use the stylus at various angles.
The Zeppelin body has a unique aerodynamic look and solid ergonomic feel as it is constructed from solid aerospace grade aluminum. There are two rare earth magnets embedded inside for attaching itself to the iPad 2 or other magnetic surfaces.
The Zeppelin stylus cap was refined and iterated many times to complement the body design and naturally evolved into a rocket fin. Functionally, it prevents the stylus from rolling and allows the Zeppelin stylus to literally stand on its own.
Remaining Decisions: We need your input on the following items.
- Function or Form. Do you like the functional benefits or the way it looks? Functional - Looks - Both
- In what color(s) should be the cap be offered? Red - Black - Other
- What Metal Finish should the body do you like? Matte - Brushed - Polished
- Do you think the tip should be coated with black Teflon? Yes - No
- When you think of the name Zeppelin, which comes to your mind first? The band Led Zeppelin - the airship dirigible - Both
Where are we now and what needs to happen.
The Zeppelin Stylus has been prototyped, and vendors are anxiously waiting to produce it. Injection molding tools, especially high quality ones, cost money and time. If we meet our funding goal, we anticipate delivering the Zeppelin Stylus in November. Managing the suppliers is something that we do on a regular basis so you'll definitely get the goods if we meet our goal. We need your pledge to make this happen.
Retail price for the Zeppelin Stylus will be $59.
Your support is greatly appreciated! Please spread the word.
No. Glass is harder than steel and the spring tip reduce the force applied to the screen so the Zeppelin tip will not scratch your screen.
The tip is made of a very strong tempered stainless steel which does not easily deform, but replacement tips can be ordered from the project creator directly.
The patent pending wire tip allows you to see what you are selecting more clearly.
Once the project is funded, we'll send you an email where you can provide us with your decisions.
Does the stylus make a tapping noise when touching the screen? Most metal or plastic ones do and make them unusable for taking notes
I wasn't sure what you were referring to until I tried it with a regular pen. The answer to your question is NO because the spring bends and cushions the force similar to the shocks on your car and now with the Teflon coating, you glide smoothly on the screen without any tapping noise!
If we were making millions of these, we could offer many different colors and options, but for the limited production run that we'll produce, we have to be careful on all the permutations. If we get a lot of pre-order support, we'll try and see if we can produce multiple configurations based on demand and preference.
Are their issues using the stylus with screen protectors? I'm personally a big fan of anti-glare screen protectors, so I'm very curious to know if there are any compatibility issues to be concerned about.
We tested it on iPhone 4, iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy with a screen protector and we don't have issues.
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