Stylus Gives Digital Sketches The Feeling Of Real Paper [Pics]

Stylus Gives Digital Sketches The Feeling Of Real Paper [Pics]

FiftyThree's newest stylus lets users erase and blend their drawings when using the Paper app.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 19 november 2013

Design studio FiftyThree has come out with a new hardware accessory for Paper, their award-winning iPad drawing app that has made waves since it first came out.

Pencil is a specially-designed stylus that lets users erase and blend their drawings. It also has adaptive palm rejection that allows it to tell the difference between your palm or the tool touching the screen – a common problem for left-handed folks.

Pencil runs on a long-lasting lithium-ion battery and doesn’t need to be recharged for around a month if used normally. The stylus can be recharged on any USB port which takes less than 90 minutes. Pencil has expressive features when used on the Paper app, but it can also be used as a basic stylus on any touchscreen device.


“Pencil makes getting ideas on Paper more natural and expressive,” explains FiftyThree CEO Georg Petschnigg. “It’s much more precise and fluid than using your finger, and now with Pencil you can rest your wrist on the screen. It complements touch, and gets you thinking with your entire hand.”

FiftyThree has already collaborated with Moleskine to create Books, custom-printed 15-page journals of users’ drawings and sketches.

Pencil adds to the company’s portfolio of mobile creativity tools, and marks a convergence between the analog and digital experiences of creating.

“For us, it’s about removing barrier to creation, whether this means taking your ideas from digital to printed analogue as with Book, and now with Pencil from your mind to your hand to the screen,” says Petschnigg.


Pencil comes in two models: Graphite, which is made from brushed aluminum, and Walnut, which is sustainable hardwood. Both are available in the US and Canada from the online store starting November 19th. The two models are selling for an introductory price of $49.95 for Graphite and $59.95 for Walnut.



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