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This project was successfully funded on February 17, 2014.

3in1 Aircraft Aluminum Ballpoint Pen with fine-point precision stylus & silicone tip for better interaction on Android & Apple devices

About this project

"ZEN revolutionizes the way we think of pens & styluses "

Update #10 - New Stretch Goal ( Additional Silicone Tip ) 

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Why a real pen is always better than a stylus ?

Using touch screen is easy, but professional interaction requires a lot more difficulty for fingers to get the job done right. 99% of the people who've been interviewed, would not be comfortable to write by finger on screen at work or in front of clients. After thousand hours of research and development, the practical ballpoint pen you see here is also capable of making precise pixels and smooth navigation with its dual stylus tips. And the most awesomeness is it's designed to replace your legacy business pen.

The transparent stylus tip is designed to support wide angle writing just like using a ballpoint pen.
The transparent stylus tip is designed to support wide angle writing just like using a ballpoint pen.

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Reward Summary
Reward Summary

The funding will go directly to establish the manufacturing plan with necessary molds & tools for a low volume production run as well as preparing for the fulfillment process. We worked very hard to keep these awesome rewards at special value for you. After the campaign ends you will receive a survey asking for color and engraving choices. You don't need to specify these before then.

Advanced stylus tips were conceived into one pen 

 
New Design Aims To Be More Durable Than Other Precision Stylus
New Design Aims To Be More Durable Than Other Precision Stylus
Advanced Multilayer Silicone That's More Sensitive & Does Not Leave "Black Mark" On Screen
Advanced Multilayer Silicone That's More Sensitive & Does Not Leave "Black Mark" On Screen

Stretch Goal ( updated )

REACHING $20,000 | All backers will receive a smart multifunctional pen box, that's designed to function as a stand for touch screen devices, a pixel ruler, and a pen holder (Compatible with iPhone 5/ 5S, iPad Mini, iPad Air, and Android Devices with a similar thickness ) 

The reinvented pen box for touch screen era
The reinvented pen box for touch screen era

REACHING: $25,000  ( updated ) | New Exchangeable 5.0mm Silicone tips will be added to reward shipments for April's backers. Early backers can increase their pledge to receive the tip as well ( detail instructions will be provided )

Smaller tip & adapter
Smaller tip & adapter

REACHING: $80,000 Additional color choices for 2ND production batch of shipment: Red, Black, and Aqua. ( Not applicable for Early, Limited & Exclusive Editions )

New Colors
New Colors

REACHING More : These rewards will be determined by a survey of backers.

Materials Matter

Luxury Metal
Luxury Metal

Simplicity on the outside & perfectly balanced, the ultra-hard & lightweight aluminum pen feels great in your hand.

  • The barrel is precisely crafted from 6061 aluminum alloy that is normally used in aerospace engineering using CNC machining technology. 
  • The Precision Tip is made from a strong 7075 aluminum for superior durability.
  • The Silicone Tip is assembled by layering conductive & shock-absorbing materials to enhance sensitivity.

Design Matters

A good instrument should fit its owner’s grip, not the other way aroundThis is the first rule of goal oriented tool-designing goal that focusing on a user’s enjoyment.

All materials meet the RoHS standard

Designed to make beautiful strokes on screens easier & more precise.

From the moment of its inception, the pen has represented a new design language that focuses on forwarding passion and energy. To us, pens and styluses aren’t just tools, and what their purpose can’t be measured or compromised. This is the foundation of the Zen project and we hope you feel the same way !

Configurations That Focus On Style

Mixing your favourite color the way you want, the ZEN Plus was created just for this purpose. Simply pick your favourite color trim by adding 5 different caps color to the single colored ZEN.

  • 1 - Multifunctional Precision Touch Pen (Original Mode)
  • 2 - Mini Stylus Pen (Only ~120mm long Precision Tip & Cap Are Detached)
  • 3 - Precision Writing Stylus (Open Cap)
  • 4 - Precision Stylus + Eraser (Hardcore Artist Mode)
  • 5 - Ballpoint Pen (Twist To Write Instantly)
Designed to be a pen
Designed to be a pen

 Packed With Awesomeness Inside

3D Internal Part In Motion
3D Internal Part In Motion

How did we get here ? "Where Artistry Meets Engineering"

“Press firmly on the precision tip to feel the precise feedback for sensitivity of power and control of every stroke"

Designed to convey pressure sensitivity
Designed to convey pressure sensitivity

“Every line starts with precision and ends with passion”

The optically transparent and thin stylus disc tip provides accurate vision for targeting pixel locations on touch screen. The tip is made from highly durable & conductive 7075 Aluminium, and is as small as a ballpoint tip.

The most pen-like stylus tip
The most pen-like stylus tip

All-in-one Tool For All Touch Interaction Devices:

Awesome Apps
Awesome Apps

All of our stylus tips are made to work on all touch capacitive devices, which is almost any touch screen device you find on the market today.

Over the past several decades, the world of writing instruments world has changed very little, until recently when another popular working surface emerged: Touch capacitive screens. As an experienced designer and artist, I want to contribute to the evolution of the writing world by creating a unique writing instrument that encourages users, designers, artists, architects and writers to seek greater potential in working on both touch screen and paper. 

After learning about the major limitations of existing pens & stylus hybrids, we decided to create everything from scratch. As existing pen's platforms do not satisfy the current demand of modern business users because they're not well designed for touch interaction.

Everything was built for a reason
Everything was built for a reason

 Every design's decision was taken logically to define a strong foundation for exellence.

Good product designs were made possible by logically testing different plastic prototypes from a 3D printer before the tooling's stage. We made a great effort to choose the best silicone stylus tip design, material & size for the pen.

The timeless profile of a spiral metal pen is reinterpreted with imaginative and innovative details through precise quality from CNC fabrication techniques.

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We have been working very hard on developing the Zen project, and we are really happy to share with you here. 

Our production partners are ready. Now we need you to help start up production & bring this awesome pen to as many desks as possible . With your support, you will receive one of the very first retail quality Zen at a very special Kickstarter price with a customized color. 

We really hope you will back us and own one of these beautiful modern masterpieces. We have invested lot of time in developing and completing necessary molds & tools for a low volume production run. 

Message to our angels

Special thanks to people who are helping us bring the Zen to life: Michael Whitney, Jason Henn, Henry Will, and Jenny Chang.

Delivery timeframes & commitment to timing

According to recent statistics, about 84% of successful Kickstarter projects missed their delivery promise. We have a great commitment to be on time for this campaign, and are confident that the estimated delivery timeframe is comfortably far enough away from our actual fulfillment period. We force our suppliers to follow strict delivery commitments before signing with them. We took careful notice that production can be interrupted by holidays, logistics issues or weather, so updates will be posted regularly.

Time Schedule
Time Schedule

Currently, we are working closely with packaging suppliers and will give you the most updated news on the packaging design. Our engineers are constantly working hard to analyze and layout solutions for risks during the manufacturing process. These risks will be tightly controlled in our production line, to ensure excellent quality of every single part. Preparing extra production tooling is part of our risk control mission.

All necessary agreements and assessments are arranged with our suppliers and manufacturers.A high volume production run will commence soon as the Kickstarter campaign is successfully funded. We have already assembled many final production units for technology journalist reviews and feedback purposes, not just a prototype. We also took great measures in terms of production output versus quality control, by limiting number of early delivery rewards to ensure a high level of precision items coming to your hand at the most reasonable cost. Our trial production run to determine weekly output has been well estimated.

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Risks and challenges

Simply put, this project is already under way. The patent is pending. We have already contributed over 80% of the funds to tooling for a low volume production run to make this a reality.

Part Suppliers & Manufacturing Challenges:

Throughout the tooling development state, we have identified and tackled most critical components that needed to be built ahead to avoid scenario of ordering parts available only through a single supplier. We have contacted many different alternative local and oversea suppliers to make sure they have all the necessary tools available to serve us.

With the current toolings we are able to create all the stylus tips and a few sample production parts of the pen barrels, which allowed us to assemble our pre-production models, the first truly industrial Zen. This, in turn, already allowed us to select our list of key providers, the industrial manufacturer who will help us complete each batch of Zens. For us, progress is the only way to prove ability to overcome challenges.

Risk of Timing:

Great discipline with delivery schedule will assure us to be on time for fulfillment of rewards for every backer. We believe all risks can be minimized by working closely with our partners as well as being conservative with all of our estimates. You have our word that we will stay honest and transparent throughout this entire project. Thank you for your support and we hope you will join us on this extraordinary journey.

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FAQ

  • Yes, as long as the device is using touch capacitive based technology, all the stylus tips will perform as designed for.

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  • Not as we tested with 50 professional digital artists, the contact surface of the disc is extremely smooth and flat.

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  • The precision stylus tip is made from high-end and durable material of choice (7075 Aerospace Aluminum and Polycarbonate Plastic), so regular jotting activity should not affect the tip’s performance. Replacement tips will be available on our website after pledge end to ensure long-term satisfaction.

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  • After campaign ends, we will send you a survey asking how you want your Zen personalized. Depending on your pledge amount, you will have the option to choose from a selection of colors, engraving text and fronts. We will also ask to confirm final delivery address.

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  • Yes. If you want (for example) two Zen Early Bird rewards then you just need to increase your pledge from $33 to $66 to secure that stealth offer. If you need to add international shipping you only need add it once per order. After campaign ends we will send you a survey so you can confirm detail of delivering items in your rewards.
    * To increase your pledge, first select the pledge that most closely matches the reward you want and then on the next page you will have option to increase the pledge amount.

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  • Yes! But we prefer steady production, so we can give more time and more love to ensure really high quality products.

    Currently, estimated low volume production run is rated at 35 per day due to limited fund to toolings. The math tells us that 6,000 units will take up to the summer if we work though weekend and holidays. However, we have plan to invest in advanced tooling for high volume production purpose and with extra time shift to double up production without scarifying quality control, so we already layout this provision and ready to double up our efforts to meet your expectation.

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  • All the stylus tips, compatible ink refills, and caps will be available online on our website, at affordable cost. We pinky promised !

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  • The disc tip is designed to work with any app as long as they’re running on touch capacitive devices. Some apps are already coded to calibrate better with precision stylus tip, and we’re working hard to expand precise calibration to more graphic apps.

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  • Nine month of research and production development before launching this Kickstarter campaign. We wanted to build up full confidence and well prepared as you see here.

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    Early Bird
    | $31 USD = £19 = €24 |
    Early Shipment of One ZEN [ Silver ]
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    Special Crave | $37 USD = £23 = €27 |

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    2nd Production Run | $43 = £27 = €32
    Receive one ZEN in your color choice [ Silver, Metal Gun, Champagne Gold ]
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    Last Crave | $47 = £29 = €35 |

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    Limited Kickstarter Signature Eddition | $48 =£30 = €36

    Receive one ZEN in Black & Green [ Kickstarter Style ] Custom Laser Engraving Included |
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    19 backers

    ZEN Plus Edition | $53 =£33 = €39

    Receive one ZEN in your color choice [ Silver, Metal Gun, Champagne Gold ] + Colourful Cap in 6 different colors |
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    Limited Type III Hard Anodized Coating | $65 =£40 =€48

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    Exclusive Hairline Brushing Finishing | $70 = £43 = €52 Receive one ZEN [ Silver ] [ Black ] [ Gold ] [ Turquoise ] Custom Laser Engraving Included | FREE SHIPPING to US and Canada | Please add $15 for Worldwide Shipment.

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    ZEN and ZEN Plus Edition Package | $85 = £52 = €62 Receive one ZEN in your color choice [ Silver, Metal Gun, Champagne Gold ] +AND+ one ZEN Plus Edition in your color choice [ Silver, Metal Gun, Champagne Gold ] + Colourful Cap in 6 different colors | FREE SHIPPING to US and Canada | Please add +$15 for Worldwide Shipment.

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    Double Special Editions Package | $120 = £75 = €90 Receive one Hard Anodized Coating ZEN [ Black ] +AND+ one Exclusive Hairline Brushing Finishing ZEN in choice of color [ Silver ] [ Black ] [ Gold ] [ Turquoise ] FREE SHIPPING to US and Canada | Please add +$15 for Worldwide Shipment.

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    Exclusive Collection - Hairline Finishing | $245 = £148 = €178 Receive all four special ZENs [ Silver ] [ Black ] [ Gold ] [ Turquoise ] Custom Laser Engraving Included | FREE SHIPPING to US and Canada | Please add $15 for Worldwide Shipment.

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