What styluses are available these day?
Questions about styluses are often posted. Styluses have come and gone with some reappearing after reorganization of some of the vendors. Here is a review of some favorite styluses for big and little fingers that are currently available and the links to the vendors.
Styluses for Little Fingers
Styluses for kids are unique due to the durability and grasp affordances. Accuracy with positioning the stylus in various positions is also important if used to promote progression of a more mature grasp. Here is what I have found currently available:
- Cosmonaut Stylus – (25.00) Remains an expensive stylus, but found to be a durable, weighted tool for students to use. Probably not good for sensory seeking chewers who like the feel of the rubber tip.
2. Kensington Gummi – (9.99) A small rubber tipped stylus for small hands. Available in different colors.
3. Infinite Aluminum Easy Grip – (6.95) – Stylus with aluminum shaft for easy gripping. Although I don’t own this stylus, similar styluses provided weight for additional proprioceptive feedback for those sensory seeking students.
4. Suck UK Stylus – (10.36) – Another chunky stylus that can work for small hands.
5. No. 2 Pencil stylus – (19.99 for pack of 2) – Similar to the Suck Stylus, this stubby stylus has replacement tips.
6. Kamor Stylus – (4.99) – Has a mesh tip and a chubby shaft for small, young hands to grasp. I have not used this stylus yet (it is on its way…), but looks promising and at a low cost.
Unfortunately the Dano Stylus, a popular stylus of OT’s is no longer available. On an occasion, it can be found on sale from a 3rd party on Amazon, although you may pay dearly for it ( 36.20 – 1 available on Amazon on 7/4/2016 – Dano Stylus )
Styluses for Big Hands
Here are a few styluses for more mature users who are looking for accuracy and control:
- Lyntec TrueGlide Stylus – (9.99) This is one of my favorite generic styluses due to its mesh tip which I find is more accurate positioned in a variety of angles for ease of use and input.
2. Adonit Jot Mini – (19.99) Offers refined written input using a tip with a disk for connectivity with use of an iPad. Disk tip replacements are available.
3. Elago Stylus– (13.99) This three sided stylus provides a slimmer shaft but a comfortable grip. Replacement tips are available.
5. The Pencil Grip Ergonomic Stylus – (18.14) This weighted stylus with The Grip applied can be used with right or left hand.
These unique styluses are adapted for individuals with grasping and strength challenges.
1. Caduceus iFaraday Stylus – (22-25.00) Fortunately this stylus is back on the market for purchase. It is one of a kind with a bendable shaft that is extremely light weight that can be adapted to many hands and wrist for positioning purposes. I recommend adding the SALT tip ( mesh tip) for best accuracy with use with minimal pressure and from different angles. This is an incredible, adaptive stylus! Replacement tips are available.
2. Stylus-R-Us Telescoping Stylus – ( check website for pricing). Telescoping Styluses as well as other styluses are available at Stylus R US. These styluses are somewhat pricey but very accurate and well made. Contact the developer if you are looking for something unique for an individual with a disability.
3. Sixth Digit – (29.00) – This Sixth Digit device can be used for tablet input as well as for many pointing tasks. Adjustable, tip replacements available Clever.
4. Hand Pointer from RJ Cooper – (29.00) – This adaptive stylus has a great strapping system to secure the stylus to a hand in multiple positions.
Note : Mouth pointer styluses are listed in the equipment menu on OT’s with Apps Blog.
Certainly there are many more styluses, however the above styluses are recommended from experience with use of almost all of them.
What stylus do you recommend for your mobile device tool kit?
Carol – OT’s with Apps
I like the recommendations you have made, but for kids I would like to suggest the Dano App Crayon Stylus. It has a triangular design and is made of material that is easy to grip. At times, I have purchased this stylus for approximately $7.00.