The Maglus, the magnetic stylus (no prizes for guessing where the name came from) is the brainchild of Applydea. Applydea is made up of two fellow Irish designers Noel Joyce and Andy Shaw. Having a stylus for your iPad is a great addition….but only when you can find it! This is where the genius lies in the Maglus, the stylus simply sticks to the new smart cover for the iPad2 and is there when you need it. It can also attach to the iPad itself so you dont even need the smart cover for the stylus to work. Having the stylus close to hand means you can quickly access it rather than searching around the bottom of the bag trying to find a stylus. The design of the stylus is in keeping with Apple’s design philosphy, a product that looks good and functions even better.
This clever product is hosted on the Irish crowd funding site, Fundit, and is currently 18% funded. They are looking for a target of €15,000 to get the first batch into production so if you haven’t funded yet, click on the link above and get your hands on one of these if you pledge a €15 donation (RRP €24.99). Of course if you feel more generous then donate some more and help the lads at Applydea. Since the launch of the Maglus, the guys have got some great media coverage, numerous blogs including the likes of MacTrast, CultOfMac and even Wired. They even got a mention in the Wall Street Journal! But clearly a mention on this blog is bigger than all that!!
Not only is all this coverage great for the Maglus but also for Irish design. The design talent in Ireland has an enormous potential and it is something we at twentysomething want to encourage and let the world see this talent. Knowing both Noel and Andy on a personal level, we know too that they feel strongly about this so the further they go with the Maglus, the further Irish design will be promoted. We’re sure the Maglus will be in production soon and we look forward to some more innovative products to come from Applydea.