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Dexim's Music Talking Stylus marries talk with touch

An unusual hybrid device lets artists take phone calls through their stylus.

Lucia Lu shows off the Dexim Talking Music Stylus.
Lucia Lu shows off the Dexim Talking Music Stylus. Casey Newton/CNET

LAS VEGAS--For years now, people who rely on capacitive styluses to get their work done have had one major complaint: they can't use them to take phone calls.

At least, that's what Dexim says. The Chinese manufacturer hit CES Unveiled today with a funky hybrid device that turns a regular capacitive stylus into a Bluetooth speaker, allowing people to take phone calls through their stylus because ... reasons.

"People don't want to carry around a bunch of different sticks," asserts Lucia Lu, the company's vice president of sales and marketing. Until now, she said, a hands-free phone call for stylus users has required separate devices. No more!

The catchily named Dexim Music Talking Stylus boasts five hours of talk time, 180 hours of standby time, and is recharged through a micro USB port on the bottom of the device. Headphones plug into a standard 3.5MM port at the top. A user could leave a phone across the room, accept a call while drawing on an iPad, and never stop sketching. Or play music from across the room and listen in on the attached headphones, courtesy Bluetooth.

The stylus goes on sale for $79.99 in February.