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The Pogo Stylus for the iPhone

by Samuel Sennott

The Pogo iPhone Stylus

Stylus held in hand

The folks at Ten One Design were nice enough to send me a Pogo Stylus to do some testing it as an adaptive tool for using the iPhone. The reason why you need a special stylus is that the iPhone only works with your finger.  As Wikipedia eloquently states it, “Because the screen is a capacitive touchscreen, bare skin is required; a stylus or a normal glove prevents the necessary electrical conductivity.[34][35][36][37]

When we corresponded, they connected me with a user who had physical disabilities who was testing it for them.  During my own testing, I found this stylus to work terrifically when I used it holding it with my hands. Yet, know that you cannot extend the stylus, as it depends on the alloy for conductivity.  When I mounted it on varying head sticks, it did not work.  That could be corrected by using a longer stylus if they become available in the future.

Overall I give this product a recommendation.  For people with physical impairments, this may be a great way to help them access the iPhone and iPod Touch.  For people without physical impairments, this also may be a great way to access these devices in a more exacting way.

Images from the site:

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Pogo Stylus Tip
iPhone with Stylus Clipped onto iPhone Stylus on the edge

July 19, 2008 - Posted by | Special Education | , , , , , ,


  1. […] metal so it works with the multitouch screen. Samuel Sennot has been able to test one and written a review of the Pogo Stylus in an assistive technology context which is quite positive. I think this would mostly be helpful for those who have trouble with […]

    Pingback by iPhone Assistive Technology Round-Up | ATMac | July 25, 2008 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the great review.

    I have one question though. Do you mean the stylus only works when you’re holding it in your hand? I mean does it have to be touching your skin somewhere for it to work? I’m sure I could get it to work for me regardless but it would be easier if I could just attach it to the best place on my hand splint without having to worry whether it’s touching my skin somewhere or not.

    This is something I would definitely have to know before spending a few hundred dollars on an iPhone or iPod touch. Any information would be much appreciated. 🙂

    Comment by Paul J Natsch | July 25, 2008 | Reply

  3. Paul. You are exactly right. The iPhone works when you use a body part, or when something that conducts it is next to a body part.

    The company said they are willing to help with making a longer stylus or helping adapt. They were more than cool in the whole conversation.

    I have misplaced my Pogo stylus, but lets talk over the next days and I can send you an iPod touch to borrow to try it out.

    Comment by alltogether | July 25, 2008 | Reply

  4. Wow thanks alot. 🙂 That would be great because testing anything out in the Apple Store is pretty limiting since test devices are tethered to the table. To properly test an iPod Touch with the Pogo Stylus I’d need to actually place it on my armrest below my cell phone and see if I could use it.

    I will purchase a Pogo Stylus to test it with. If for some reason it doesn’t work out I could adapt the stylus for something else so I don’t mind purchasing one.

    Thanks very much and I look forward to hearing from you. 🙂

    Comment by Paul J Natsch | July 25, 2008 | Reply

  5. Are these pogo things available in UK too? (not sure if the is a U.S site sorry).

    Im trying to decide which be easiest for me to operate ipod nano, ipod touch or iphone (separate post somewhere on this site!).

    I have difficulties with grip and fine motor from Ataxia.


    Comment by Kati | September 2, 2008 | Reply

  6. Kati,

    You should be able to order them. I think the touch is the way to go if you can manage it. I have a friend who is testing the pogo and we should be able to share a bunch of info soon.

    Is this Kati from ISAAC?



    Comment by alltogether | September 3, 2008 | Reply

  7. […] it with a pair of leather gloves and a pair of fleece gloves. However, if you have something like a headstick the Pogo is a no go. I was able to prove this was accurate by putting the Pogo in between the flaps […]

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