I'm a professional artist in the video games industry and I have a fairly simple question for the iDevice hacking community. I'm unsure if this is the best place to ask the question, so if it is not, please direct me to a more appropriate forum.
As an artist, the concept of being able to draw on the screen is of huge value. There are several technologies that try to realize this concept including some tablet PC's and wacom's cintiq series - however often times these solutions are either too bulky for every-day casual use (I'm not going to lug a laptop and a cintiq with me on a bus to sketch for a while) or is not catered to the artist at all - leaving us to just "make due."
When the iPad came out, it excited many artists at the possibility of having a casual every-day digital sketchbook. However the excitement was soon replaced with disappointment when we learned there would be no support for wacom-like digitizing pens. Yes, you can paint with your finger, but honestly it will never replace working with a pen. Some companies tried to solve the problem. Many "soft-tip" capacitive touch pens were made, but they are no better than using a finger and wear out fast. Some "rubber-top" capacitive touch pens were made, which are definitely better, but is still bulky and far from precise. What is *really* needed is a hard-tip, fine-point, capacitive touch pen. Why can't we have that? There is a hilarious amount of videos of people making DIY solutions to get this, but all are pretty silly.
Here is one example:
Here is the problem; The iPad ignores any capacitive touch that is too small to be considered a finger touch. So it got me thinking - is this something that can be hacked around through jailbreaking the ipad? If it could, then a hard-tip fine-point capacitive touch pen is certainly an easy possibility and many artists alike would be insanely happy.