Regarding MacBook Pro and other screens…
There has been a lot of interests about whether iPen 2 is compatible with MacBook Pro or other glass screens. The answer is both yes and no. Based on our current design and budget we cannot elegantly support MacBook Pro or other screens. The current receiver is not a universal, one size fits all solution. It is tailored specifically for iMacs and Apple displays.
The yes part of our answer is that we are definitely working on it. The biggest challenge is we that want to design elegant receivers that attach to many different screens that also offer proper calibration and accuracy. We could tell you to glue the receivers to your screen, which would work, but it wouldn’t work consistently or offer the seamless experience that we are striving to achieve with iPen 2.
The photo below is a close up of an iMac receiver attached to a 15 inch 2009 MacBook Pro. If you look closely, you will see a tiny gap between the screen and receiver. This is because there is a black rubber lining around the perimeter of the MacBook screen. This results in an uneven attachment of the receiver. The receiver must attach evenly on the screen to accurately capture the light signal from the pen tip.
In Update #6, we modified our existing engineering sample to produce the painting video. However, our MacBook Pro receiver sample still has problems for mass production. The same goes for other Windows pc screens such as the Dell 24 inch glass screen in the following video. Every screen has a different edge thickness. The current iMac receiver design will not be able to fit all kinds of screens.
Because we feel that we can achieve it, we are adding a new pledge level for MacBook Pro users. You will receive an iPen 2 for MacBook Pro laptops with glass screens. There will be challenges but we are confident that we can overcome them to offer a great iPen 2 solution for our MacBook Pro users. If the design challenges prove to be too much, we will happily refund your pledge.
It will take time and resources to create but we are determined to make it happen. It took us 22 days to reach $100K, but it only took 6 days to reach $200K. We believe that if everyone can convince one of your friends to back iPen 2, we will be able to reach our goal in time and ship an amazing product to you. So send out those tweets, facebook posts and emails because every bit helps!