As a man who leaves as many discarded pens as his wake as a molting peacock after a spontaneous squid attack, one of my many problems with styluses for iOS devices is where to put them when you’re not using them. Unless I can physically attach the stylus to my iPhone or iPad itself, it’s gone.
When the iPad 2 came along with its Smart Cover in tow, I thought I had the answer. The Pogo Stylus has a clip to attach to shirt pockets and the like, and I thought it could fairly easily slip on the Smart Cover itself. In fact, this does work, but it pushes the Smart Cover away from the iPad 2 display just enough for the detritus at the bottom of my bag — a fragrant snuff made up of tobacco detritus, cookie crumbs and Cheetos dust — to siphon its way through the gap and onto the screen. Blech.
Here’s a smart alternative, though. Applydea (short for Apply the Idea, and not pronounced “Apple Idea” or “App Lydia”) designed a very clever aluminum stylus called the Maglus, which comes replete with magnets that allow you to stick the stylus directly to the Smart Cover or iPad 2 spine.
Unfortunately, the Maglus isn’t a real product yet: instead, they’re trying to fund the project through the Irish Kickstarter-alike, Fund It. They’ll start making the Maglus if they can raise €15,000 in the next thirty days, with €15 getting you a Maglus when they are made.
This is a swell idea. Let’s help these guys apply it, okay?