About this project
Up until now, most iPad users have been forced to use a standard silicone stylus with little or no control of the final output. Taking notes was awkward at best, sketching or drawing accurately was frustrating and the results were often poor in comparison to a standard pen or pencil. The Dart was developed to remove those obstacles from your everyday life and bring out the true power and flexibility of your iPad by allowing you to interact with your iPad using a thin 2mm fine tip.
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What is the Dart and how can the Dart Help you?
The Dart is an Active Stylus with PCB digital circuitry which creates the ability to simulate your fingertip on an iPad touch screen. For far too long iPad users have been desperate for a stylus that offered a fine tip and could accurately write, sketch or draw like a real pen or pencil without the need for special apps or plug ins. The Dart was developed to provide those users with just such a solution.
The Dart not only offers the ability to draw, write and sketch naturally but it does so in an elegant and unobtrusive manner. The body of the dart is sleek and refined keeping form factor in mind. The Dart offers a uniquely hardened silicone tip which prevents tip collapse or distortion as seen on most standard silicone or fiber mesh tipped styluses. This means greater accuracy and less chance for errors on the page. The Dart comes in a beautiful Black Matte finish for fingerprint resistance along with subtle but defined tail fins at the top cap switch for added balance and proper ergonomic weight distribution. This allows the Stylus to naturally rest in your hand providing you with a familiar feel.
What are the Dart Specifications:
The Stylus is constructed of quality Precision machined Brass, Aluminum, and ABS plastic to achieve max responsiveness with minimal weight.
- Compatible devices: iPad 1,2,3,4, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Mini retina. Application compatibility: Works with ALL applications
- Tip Size: 2.1mm Hardened silicone ( NO DISTORTION). One of the smallest tips available in the marketplace.
- Power source: 1x AAAA Battery with manual on/off
- Electronic components: Embedded PCB enables Active Stylus functionality.
- Software requirements: None
- Plug-in requirements: None
- Bluetooth pairing required: None
- Dimensions: Barrel: 11.5mm, Length: 131mm
- Construction: ABS plastic tip and cap, Brass barrel and fittings
- Weight: 1oz (with battery)
- Battery Life: up to 20 hours (Depending on use)
- Color: Jet Black (matte finish)
- Accents: Etched white rings for better grip
- Retail Packaging will Include: Stylus pen, three tips, 2x AAAA battery and instructions.
Great Note Taking Apps:
We are proud to announce that support for the Dart has been built into the popular Zoom Notes app for iPad. Zoom Notes now fully supports the Dart Stylus.
Download Zoom Notes from the iTunes store here:
How does the Dart work?:
Our Stylus is application agnostic. Our engineers created a revolutionary circuit board and firmware which means that the Dart can be used on virtually any application without any special setup or plugins.
The Dart was designed to be used by:
Anyone interested in achieving fine, delicate lines, taking accurate notes, sketching or drawing with precision accuracy. Great for Artists, Doctors, Engineers, Students, Teachers, Attorneys, Sales Professionals, etc...
What you get:
1x The Dart stylus by Precision Touch™
3x Replaceable Tips
2x AAAA battery
1x User's Manual
Risks and challenges
We have diligently worked on all aspects of the Precision Touch™ "Dart" stylus for quite some time...Soliciting input from pretty much anyone we met that owned an iPad. We are happy to say that the "Dart" stylus is the culmination of what most people have been wanting in a fine tip stylus.
Factory delays are always a possibility when manufacturing a new item. However, we have vast experience dealing with factories in Asia, Europe and the US which provides us with the capability to deal with most manufacturing issues. We are buttoned up, from product creation to retail packaging, quality testing and importing. In addition, we have partnered with an established partner that we know can bring the "Dart" to market in the best and most efficient way possible.
The Electronic components have been engineered and tested to meet our specs and they have performed even better than anticipated during our operational testing phases. However, additional refinements and enhancements may be needed to achieve the best possible result from both the tip and circuit board after tooling is complete. We now need to the funding for this project in order to begin mass production and bring the device to the public.
Our current electronic active stylus unit is 2mm wide, and uses a standard AAAA battery which is inexpensive and readily available at your local Radio Shack or via sites such as Amazon. Although this battery is long-lasting, even with continuous use we recognize that some users may want a rechargeable option. Therefore, we are exploring the idea of a rechargeable battery with 8 hours continuous writing. Our goal is to be able offer this rechargeable option and increase the battery life to 10 hours or more. This will facilitate the need for more design revisions in order to meet the efficiency standards we have set for ourselves so that we can offer the consumer the best experience.
APPLE MFA PROCESS:
We are currently reviewing the MFA certification program from Apple for this "iPad" only version of the "Dart" stylus. The process is fairly involved but if the process takes too long we will launch without the certification and revisit it at a later date in order to avoid delivery delays. To be clear, this will have NO bearing on the actual production or functionality of the Stylus. It merely allows us to add pretty logos to the packaging.
With any project there can be unknown issues that arise but we are experienced in this marketplace and all our developed test units are working and are without issue to date. We have the expertise and know how to successfully complete this project properly from start to finish.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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