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Sketch Test – Pressure Sensitive Stylus Shootout Review

In this video review we try to demonstrate the difference between the 3 currently available pressure sensitive stylus. HEX3 JaJa vs Pogo Connect vs Jot Touch and we show our prototype rubber tip.

This is the second of our shootout videos, also take a look at our line test video from last week. Please let us know in the comments what you think of the different stylus and if you want to see any other demo.

In this video, we sketch a 3D cube. First we draw some fine guide lines and then attempt to go over them more heavily. It’s a simple exercise to test the ability of the stylus to draw even lines of a fixed weight. Some perform better than others!

See our earlier post that explains why each stylus varies in performance

These videos were shot in one take, we have adjusted the timing of each video to sync them as close as possible.

Pressure Sensitive Stylus Shootout – SketchTest

Pressure Sensitive Stylus Review VIDEO – HEX3 JaJa vs Pogo Connect vs Jot Touch

In this video review we try to demonstrate the difference between the 3 currently available pressure sensitive stylus. HEX3 JaJa vs Pogo Connect vs Jot Touch.

We often get asked why the JaJa stylus is the best, so we thought a video might help people make an informed buying decision – hopefully you can see that we have tried to be impartial. We get told by Artists why they think the JaJa stylus is best – so we have used their feedback to illustrate these things in our review video.

We draw 4 lines of varying thickness, attempting to keep the line even from start to finish, we then draw a gradually thickening line from fine to heavy, we try to make this an even transition.

Why is the JaJa so good? Read on…

1. HEX3 JaJa uses a force sensor, so it truly measures pressure, this works from low pressure of 4 grams up to over a kilogram – this is user configurable. The JaJa has true 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity which it communicates to the App without Bluetooth. There is zero movement in this force sensor. The JaJa uses a Teflon coated metal tip which also has zero movement or deflection – these two things combined deliver superior precision and with the fine design of the Teflon tip it is easy to see the artwork you are creating. The JaJa uses high frequency sound rather than Bluetooth, so there is no syncing. Other stylus use Bluetooth which we found to be frustrating – maybe because we kept switching between stylus, I don’t know.

2. Prototype HEX3 JaJa Rubber Tip – we use a firm silicon with a smaller diameter than the Pogo connect – this gives far greater precision and a lot less deflection is required. The new JaJa “Rubber” tip is a cap that fits over the standard stylus and is intended for use where the Precision Teflon Tip might not be suitable. NOTE – the JaJa Rubber tip is NOT available yet, but is in early prototype – it’s due for release in September. It will fit on any JaJa stylus and will be available separately.

3. The Pogo connect uses a fat rubber tip that needs to deform quite a bit before a line is drawn. For a stylus to simulate a finger tip it needs to form a pad of around 6-8 mm in diameter. As you can see in the side on view, the Pogo tip distorts markedly, unfortunately this leads to imprecise lines. It also means that the point where the stylus starts drawing is not always the same, there is a cushion between you and your work which seems to cause uncontrolled variation in line thickness.

4. The Jot Touch uses a movement sensor where it tries to determine pressure of the stroke by how far the tip moves, the deflection is approximately 1mm – so a very slight variation in movement delivers quite unpredictable results. Reports of plastic tips wearing out are fairly widespread, which is why we switched to our patented Teflon design. We are not sure what caused the blobs and breaks in the lines with the Jot Touch – but we had 6 attempts at getting a good presentation, in the end we gave up and used the best set of lines we had.

Feel free to click through and leave comment son the video PRESSURE SENSITIVE STYLUS REVIEW

About the JaJa Teflon Tip

Closeup of JaJa Teflon Tip Surface

Closeup of JaJa Teflon Tip Surface – Click to Enlarge

In this post I’d like to describe our Precision Teflon Tip, take a look at the art in my previous post to see why we call it the precision tip!

The reason we use metal is to ensure that these tips last a long time – the conductive layer will not wear out (like it does in plastic disks) and the surface area of the tip is so small that grit is unlikely to get trapped like it will on  plastic disk. The visibility compared to a fat rubber tip is incomparable. Finally, our dark color allows you to look past the tip and see the exact point where a line is being drawn on your artwork

If you look at the picture to the left, you might notice that the surface looks kinda bumpy – importantly for your screen – all edges are smooth! :-) What you see is unevenness in the Teflon coating, this doesn’t scratch or damage the screen. The Teflon only provides the sliding surface, just like in a non stick frying pan or clothes iron, and just like a frying pan there are no sharp edges at the micro level.

We used Teflon to improve the feel and sound on bare glass. Compared to plastic clicking or rubber drag, we think it gives a great experience.

The Teflon coating is not going to damage the ‘Gorilla Glass’ found in iPads, it may well be harder than some of the stickier plastic films. But it will not scratch glass

The underlying metal part in the tip is highly polished in the same way that jewellery is polished. This is to ensure there are no burrs or sharp edges that could be created in our manufacturing process. The Teflon is then applied for the glide.

We are confident that you will love using the new Precision Teflon Tips and together with the fantastic pressure sensing tech found in the JaJa, you will be able to create amazing artwork – checkout our artists work in the videos below!



JaJa Teflon Tips Review by Rob Travers – Artist

I’ve embedded a video below from Rob Travers,  he’s a classically trained illustrator from the Academy of arts in Montreal.  After entering and winning a few contests, he worked for Corel where he became the creative director. I am amazed at what artists can draw with our JaJa Pressure Sensitive Stylus, Rob tells us:

I find the portability of the tablet combined with the 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity of the jaja a far superior experience than the Cintiq. And it’s a fraction of the cost! 

And here are a couple of pics he’s drawn with the JaJa and the new JaJa Precision Teflon Tips

Rainy Day by Rob Travers, drawn with a JaJa Pressure Sensitive Stylus on an iPad

Rainy Day by Rob Travers, drawn with a JaJa Pressure Sensitive Stylus on an iPad

Horse Drawn with the JaJa Pressure Sensitive Stylus and Precision Teflon Tips

Horse by Rob Travers, drawn with a JaJa Pressure Sensitive Stylus on an iPad


JaJa Artist Demo from Jon Atherton on Vimeo.

The Final Batch of Teflon Tips Dispatched

We’ve been working for a few months getting our updated tips out to ALL our 10′s of thousands of past customers – we did this free of charge. And I can now report that they are all on their way – the final 1125 dispatched this last week.

So I should explain why we went with Teflon coated metal. Basically we designed a metal part back in 2011 when we first launched the Kickstarter campaign, but could not find a vendor who could give us the super fine polish and high grade Teflon surface that we needed.

Another company that uses a plastic disk had lots of problems and continue to this day denying the problem… Most plastic tips wear out after a couple of weeks of solid use. We did our best to design a better plastic ball and socket joint that could withstand the rigours of pro use – I think we did a pretty good job, but I was still not happy and decided to put extra effort into sourcing a suitable metal vendor. We’re happy with the results, VERY happy!

So now users have a choice:
1. JaJa Pressure Sensitive Stylus with a Teflon tip – no gaps, high visibility, long life, 1024 levels pressure, No Bluetooth, 24 Apps in iOS and a couple in Android.
2. Pogo Connect Stylus – fat rubber tip, low visibility, variable pressure uptake due to rubber contact size, bluetooth battery drain on iPad. Unknown pressure levels.
3. Jot Touch – Plastic disks with short life and poor performance, very poor pressure sensing, bluetooth battery drain on iPad. Claimed 2048 pressure levels, I found it difficult in testing to get more than a few reliably.

Look out for a video comparison soon.

Who is Hex3?

Hello World,

Funded by Kickstarter

Hex 3 is a new company formed from the success of two Kickstarter campaigns which ran from December 2011 to March 2012.

The first product was the JaJa Pressure Sensitive Stylus for the iPad. I raised over $65,000 and pre sold about 3000 Stylus in the 6 weeks that this project ran. The second project was the AppTag Laser Blaster which raised over $55,000 and pre sold about 2800 AppTag units.

Things were getting big, fast!

I started getting major enquiry from large toy and peripheral distributors, wanting multi thousands of units per month…  I quickly realised that I needed to put together a gun commercialisation team. Together the 4 of us have formed a new company and that company is Hex3. We are focussed on peripherals that work with Apps and mobile devices to enhance functionality – toys, stylus and many more are on the way.

The Hex3 team is on the verge of something big, ride with us while we steer our Kickstarter funded company into the future! :-)

Thanks for stopping by!
Jon Atherton

(BTW – why Hex3? It’s about web colours – read more here – our orange is a Hex3 colour and it is officially called “light brilliant tangelo”, oh after weeks of discussion we all agreed HEX3 sounded nifty :-) )