Atmel Wants To Change How You Interact With Your Device Using Their New maXStylus (Video)

Looks like Google is helping Styli all over the world make a come back.  We’ve seen a number of tablets like the HTC Flyer and its Scribe technology become a hit and even mobile handsets are jumping on the trend such as the recent Samsung Galaxy Note.  And thanks to the new developer features found in Android 4.0, users are about to get a whole new experience when it comes to interfacing with their devices.  Atmel is introducing their contribution to the Stylus wars with their new MaxStylus technology accompanied with what they’re calling “multiSense Functionality”, which allows you the ability to use the stylus and your fingers to perform multiple operations like selection and zooming in or out.

Atmel, who is already well know for their capacitive touch technology is looking to create the perfect companion for your smartphone and tablet.  Thanks to Android 4.0’s developer API’s, all sorts of operations can be performed, like tilt and distance axes along with pressure sensitivity and motion event properties.  And you can find several different tool types such as for use with the stylus, finger, mouse and eraser.  Pretty impressive eh?  Check out the video demo below of the stylus in action along with the new multiSense capabilities and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  

Highlights of the maXStylus include:

  • multiSense Functionality – Simultaneous Touch and Stylus Operation: Use Touch While Writing with Stylus to Zoom, Scroll, Erase, Turn the Page and Perform Other Advanced Gestures. Rotate, Move and Zoom into 3D Drawings and Images
  • Excellent Palm Rejection: Write Comfortably with Palm Resting on the Touchscreen Without Erroneous Touches
  • Ultra-Small Tip Diameter of 1mm with Accuracy of +/- 0.25mm: Clearly See What You Are Touching.Imitate the Precision of a Real Pen Tip.
  • Fast Frame Rate of 140Hz: Capture Taps, Double Taps and Other Fast Gestures
  • Pressure Sensing: Capture Pressure Profile of Written Text. Create Stunning Drawings
  • Stylus Technology Supported for Tablets and Handsets: Use the Same Stylus Across Various Devices.

Atmel hopes to ship units out by first quarter 2012.  No word yet on cost however, keep in mind that HTC’s Scribe pen went for about $80 dollars.  Let’s hope this device doesn’t exceed that price.  Stay tuned as we dig a little deeper on the price and availability.  Feel free to drop your thoughts in the comments below.

[via Atmel by Android and Me]


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