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The Cosmonaut is a minimal, wide-grip capacitive stylus for touch screens. Perfect for sketching and doodling on any tablet.
The Cosmonaut is a minimal, wide-grip capacitive stylus for touch screens. Perfect for sketching and doodling on any tablet.
The Cosmonaut is a minimal, wide-grip capacitive stylus for touch screens. Perfect for sketching and doodling on any tablet.
6,192 backers pledged $134,236 to help bring this project to life.

Preproduction Samples

Hello Comrades,

We received the preproduction samples in the mail this weekend, and they are looking pretty snazzy! Check out the glamour shots below.

They look and feel great, but functionally are not quite there yet. The amount of friction is acceptable, but you have to press a little too hard for the stylus to register on the screen. So, we have some knobs to turn to fix this problem, and we are working closely with the manufacturing to evaluate our options. Stay tuned. We are still on track for an Autumn delivery, and will have a better idea of a more specific timetable once we are ready to roll in to full production. 

Anyhow, enjoy the pictures below. They may not look that different from the prototypes you've seen in previous updates, but trust us, these guys are the real deal and finally feel like a commercial product! It's been a long road to get here, and we're not quite to the end yet, but there is light at the end of the tunnel (excuse the mixed metaphors). 

We want to take this moment to again thank you all so much for your continued patience. This project has been a real learning experience for the both of us, bumps and all, but in the end we will have a product that everyone will be happy with. 


Tom & Dan

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    1. Creator Matt Koyak on September 9, 2011

      I agree with Mark. We're all curious.

    2. Creator Guy Dickinson on September 9, 2011

      @Tom/Dan - have you guys tried the Cosmonaut on a Macbook's (or external) glass trackpad? I'm really hoping it works as well as it does on the iPad - that will be a really interesting experience.

    3. Creator Mark Pavia on September 8, 2011

      I'm backing other Kickstarter projects and they have had production/manufacturing bumps as well. All part of the deal. However, on all those other projects we get more frequent updates, even if to say, here's what we did this past week(s) but still waiting on a more firm delivery sked. I feel less in the dark with those other projects even though timelines have extended as well. I can only imagine you are frustrated by these speed bumps in the manufacturing process, but a simple update once a week or every two weeks will feel less like "did the waiter put our order in or what? - where the heck is my food? - he's disappeared into the kitchen and I have not seen him for awhile"

    4. Creator Anthony Howell II on September 8, 2011

      I agree with Shane on the refund front; We've made an investment and not all investments make a return. Now, that said, everything they've told us indicates that everything is on (a) track and the stylus will come out soon(ish), so I don't imagine there being an issue with receiving an actual product. It's just a matter of time.

    5. Creator Teresa F on September 8, 2011

      I suggest an update ASAP.

    6. Creator Shane Kidwell on September 6, 2011

      Let's talk about risk/reward for a second. We are not consumers purchasing a product. We are capitalists backing an enterprise. If Cosmonaut folded up shop because of a lack of funds to build the product they initially envisioned, they owe us nothing. That's the risk we take for being initial investors. If, on the other hand, the product gets made, we have the satisfaction of knowing we contributed to its development. If losing the amount of money you invested was something you could not part with, you shouldn't have backed it in the first place.

      I hate Pogo. I think their stylii are pure crap. I have another brand I use which I like better, but I've still never seen anything out there which resembles the vision these guys came up with. I hope they're able to make a product I can be proud to be associated with, but at the end of the day, I'm glad I participated to even give this project a chance at being completed. I bought the Glif, and use it regularly, so I have hopes I will think similarly of the Cosmonaut once it's made.

    7. Creator Joseph Chapman on September 6, 2011

      At the current rate of updates, I'm sure we'll be seeing another update in the next week or so. However, it's been over 4 and a half months since you got my pledge of $50 for 2 Cosmonauts and since then I've acquired a couple of nice stylus ('styli'?) that are working just fine for me. I was hoping to have a Cosmonaut in hand before the iPad 3 comes out and, even with the rumored release date of '12, I'm not confident that I will. Any chance I could get that refunded and when you actually do come out with it, I'll consider paying 'full retail' at your website like I did the Glif?

    8. Creator Andre Luis Costa on September 5, 2011

      20+ days... Anything new?

    9. Creator Titouan Van Belle on September 3, 2011

      Come on. Give use a shipping date !

    10. Creator Joshua Kehn on August 26, 2011

      Any chance you would send me a sample to test “out in the wild” so to speak? ;)

    11. Creator Lorenzo Ciglioni on August 22, 2011

      Go guys go! I really want you to make it as perfect as possible!

      Dear co-backers and friends, Kickstarter is not a traditional shop. If you need a stylus right now you can go and buy it. I actualy did it long before backing this project. I use a stylus from Griffin every day. And I must admit is pretty good.

      These guys are achieving something different, at least in my opinion.
      They're trying to create something special.

      And that's why I backed this project. To get something special, and to help them to build it.

    12. Creator Ginandmixers on August 19, 2011

      Yeah, it's getting a little bit ridiculous. I feel like every update says basically the same thing... i'd almost rather they didn't give us anymore "hey guys, we've gotten new samples and they look great! Delivery on track for (two months from current date), we just need to iron out a couple issues" and just updated when theres a solid ship date. Hopefully after all this, it'll be worth it.

    13. Creator Teresa F on August 17, 2011

      These "snazzy" pictures are the same ones they've ever had... I don't mind the wait because you can't rush perfection, but I feel like they're "updating" hoping people don't remember previous pics or updates. When did they say an Autumn release? Last I heard was August. Oh well! I still eagerly await the final finished product!

    14. Creator Jason Wright on August 17, 2011

      I'm excited for it!!!

    15. Creator Mari on August 17, 2011

      WOohoo! Can't wait to use it! It looks great :)

    16. Creator Jon Sweet on August 16, 2011

      Just piling on my 2¢ that the wait is worth it for the right product, and if the Glif is anything to go by (still satisfyingly grips the hell out of my iPhone) - you guys know when the product is right and done is done. Who doesn't want everything faster? But there's little room for compromise with tools you're going to use every day.

    17. Creator Yasir Shaikh on August 16, 2011

      Looks good, great size and shape.
      I recently bought a set of 3 cheap styli from ebay (only £1.50 for 3!!!). Although they are a bit small and fiddly, they are extremely responsive to use and require very little pressure or resistance. These have been around for a while and work a lot better than some 'branded' options available. Hopefully it shouldn't take much longer now.

    18. Creator Lorenzo Ciglioni on August 16, 2011

      Great job!
      Responding to comments in a previous post... Kickstarter is not a shop where you simply buy stuff, it is a place where dreams are built.
      So, take all the time you need to create an amazing product. Something we shall be so proud of when holding it in our hands :)

    19. Creator Gabriela Flatt on August 16, 2011

      AWSOME work guys! I can hardly wait to hold one. I've even held off on buying my iPad until my Cosmonaut arrives. Thanks for the updates!

    20. Creator Sandrine Thinnes on August 16, 2011

      Excellent! And the wood button still looks better!! ;-)

    21. Creator Harry Newton on August 15, 2011

      What has taken you so, so, so long?

    22. Creator Anthony Jacob on August 15, 2011

      Great work so far! Thanks for your limitless energy and the update. Best of luck.

    23. Creator chris watts on August 15, 2011

      well done,you sure you are doing all you can and at least,when you are happy with the finished only follows , that we,punters, will be more than happy.
      keep on going lads,
      chris watts,(australia)

    24. Creator Big John on August 15, 2011

      "but you have to press a little too hard for the stylus to register on the screen" would seem to be a killer problem but if it's the only one left?.
      You are definitely going in the right direction - very easy on the hand, wide enough to be very precise on the working end . Take your time and get it right. I'm glad that you were over subscribed so you can spend time on the creative end!!!!!!!

    25. Creator Loretta Reedman on August 15, 2011

      Hi guys,
      Thanks for the update. This is the first item I've backed on Kickstarter and didn't realise it would take this long. I hope the Cosmonaut will be delivered soon.
      Loretta R.

    26. Creator Dev Mukherjee on August 15, 2011

      Great stuff. Can't wait for mine either!

    27. Creator Ian Lucero on August 15, 2011

      yes! awesome stuff you guys. I recently purchased a pogo stylus because we needed something for folks to sign with when we did credit card transactions at art fairs. I'd never used a stylus before and as far as that product, we thought it was pretty horrible. It was too small and you had to push down way too hard to get it write. The tactile-ness of it seemed wrong. Anyways, made up words aside, looking forward to more updates and the final product. Keep it up!

    28. Creator Daniel Read on August 15, 2011

      Looking good. I still love the shape after all this time. Thanks working so hard to make the fine adjustments needed to get each aspect of the product right.

    29. Creator Eduardo Baroni on August 15, 2011

      Very cool. Very good job, guys. I am waiting for mine.

    30. Creator Brodie Stephens on August 15, 2011

      Good going, guys. I, for one, am glad that you're taking the time to get it right. My fingertips are still pretty tactile and controllable (but too fat) - so I'm not without reasonable options while I rely on you two.

    31. Creator Julius on August 15, 2011

      Looking good guys. More Crayola than Sharpie.

      I wonder if Kickstarter was the best way to launch into this project. Seems like there were so many unknowns between the pitch that won the masses over and the final product. Is it always that way? Are we just getting an insight into the realities of prototype to production I wonder.

    32. Creator Chad Kettner on August 15, 2011

      wow this is taking forever. i'm stoked about the stylus and glad you guys are going to get it right - and i understand that you're probably frustrated as well - but man this getting crazy.

    33. Creator Michael Murdock on August 15, 2011

      Pressure is a big deal, especially in any program that utilizes brushes for touching up, or painting or photo filter work.

    34. Creator John on August 15, 2011

      looking good!

    35. Creator Kevin Ivers on August 15, 2011

      Looks fantastic, great work!

    36. Creator Sriram Sri on August 15, 2011

      I'm very glad you're focusing on the amount of force needed for the stylus to register on the screen. That is usually my biggest beef with any of the currently available styluses on the market. I don't want to have to push harder than I would with a regular pen in order for the screen to register the input.