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Sensu Brush delivers an authentic painting experience on your iPad. It's truly portable and includes a useful rubber stylus tip.

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We have finally determined that the retail price of Sensu will be $34.95 when it lands in stores next year. That makes our Kickstarter pledge pricing very attractive. If you've been sitting on the fence or considering getting in for a little more, these hours are your last chance...

Plays Nicely With Others

We've fielded several questions about compatibility with devices other than iPad. Sensu works brilliantly on iPhone, the device we first "iPainted" on. We've tested Sensu on multiple Android-based tablets with great success as well. One of the best apps available, SketchBook has an Android version available today. Several other favorite painting and drawing apps have announced plans for Android versions in the near future.

Finally, a true painting experience on your iPad.

We developed Sensu out of our desire to have an authentic brush to use with our favorite drawing and painting apps on iPhone and iPad. Of course, Sensu works well on other capacitive screens we've tested. Over the years, we've developed a lot of artist brushes and have learned tons from some of the best brush makers in the world – careful craftsmen who understand the subtle properties of hair taper, flexibility, and strength. We've learned to build brushes that yield perfectly to different paint mediums and various surfaces.

We have applied the same care to developing a brush for capacitive devices which gives a satisfying sense of resistance, and still dances across the screen with a real liveliness. You'll feel like you're painting.

Close-up of our Sensu Brush prototype in action on the iPad.

Patent-pending Hair Technology

In our search for the right conductive hair, we tested various metal and metallic fibers. None had the true feel of a real artist brush. An old brush-making friend in Japan introduced us to a brand new hair technology being developed for the cosmetic industry. Traditional synthetic brush hair was being infused with conductive properties to help fine powder release from make-up brushes as they came in contact with skin. This synthetic hair could be made in the diameters and tapers we required for Sensu to feel just right.

Truly Portable

Like your iPad, the Sensu brush is truly portable. The protective cap becomes the handle for the brush when in use. When you're done painting, simply insert the brush tip into the handle chamber and push closed. The brush is now safe for travel and a rubber stylus nib is exposed that can be used for other navigation.

Sensu brush shown above open (A) and closed (B) ready for travel.

When closed, the Sensu brush reveals a useful rubber stylus tip.

Exclusive Finish Available for Kickstarter Backers

Classic chrome or EXCLUSIVE gunmetal plating, both on solid brass.

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Thanks Steve.

If not for the genius of Steve Jobs, we wouldn't have these amazing products to fall in love with. There would be no dreaming of the product we are creating or the others that float around in our heads. We are true fans of Apple. We love that a company can stand so strongly on good design and amazing - even magical - user experience. We know that came from Steve Jobs. We know we will miss him in our world.

Sensu™ is trademark of Artist Hardware, Inc. Chicago, IL. All rights reserved. PATENT PENDING.

iPhone® and iPad® are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc. Cupertino, CA.

FAQ

  • We're gonna say no. It's a lot of paperwork for Maria to get all the shipping documents together, but she said "Charge 'em like they're Americans, we're all North Americans!"

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  • The oil paint looking painting was all done in ArtRage. The watercolor look was done in Auryn Ink. Both are amazing apps we love. We also like Sketchbook Pro and Brushes.

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  • Our Kickstarter project will close on October 21, 2011. If we are successfully funded, Amazon will transfer funds to us around November 8th. With these funds we will secure the materials to make all of the brushes ordered by backers. Production will begin immediately. Initial production brushes should be available just 45-60 days later. Initial stock will be air-shipped within approximately one week to Chicago where we will fulfill all Kickstarter orders.

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  • Sensu will be available through our website, http://www.sensubrush.com in May of 2012.

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