Sensu

Brush and Stylus

Digital Artistry

Sensu has created elegant, sleek, and simply awesome tools for touchscreens.

Their digital paintbrush truly captures the tactile experience of painting—it’s like a stylus for artists. Elegantly designed, the brush’s shape and weight feels natural in your hand. But instead of using paint and paper, you’re painting digital strokes
on a touchscreen.

Touchscreens work through capacitive technology, which channels the electrical charge from your body. To make their paintbrush work on a screen, Sensu infused the bristles with conductive properties—the first to work like this. You can use the brush like a stylus, or create brushstrokes in digital paint programs.

Sensu has also created the simple but brilliant Buddy—a stylus that fits onto most pens and pencils, transforming your favorite writing instrument into a touchscreen tool.

Sensu puts years of careful thought and design into creating artistic tools that work on digital platforms. If you hold one of these in your hand, you’ll know they got it right.
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You've never touched a touchscreen like this.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Matt
    Matt

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce Sensu to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Nheena
    Nheena
    1/29/2016 10:22 AM

    What products can you use this with? Does it come with a painting program?

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 10:30 AM

    @Nheena Hi. Our products work on touch (capacitive) devices like the iPhone, iPad, Surface, Nexus etc. And no, it does not come with a painting program as there are loads of great apps available for apple, microsoft and android devices in their respective app stores. The apps are amazing and inexpensive.

  • Charles
    Charles
    1/29/2016 10:37 AM

    @Matt how do you change the colors?

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 10:42 AM

    Hi @Charles. You change colors with the app that you are using. Tap a color in your palette or color mixer with your Sensu brush and it is as easy as that! Most apps also allow you to build a color palette. Set up and clean up is very fast. And you have access to millions of colors. Some of my favorite apps to use are Procreate, ArtRage and Sketchbook.

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 10:51 AM

    @Charles I would add that we really developed the Sensu brush so that we could have the experience of using a quality artist brush on our iPad (which came out 6 years ago) instead of using our finger. It just feels better :)

  • Paula
    Paula
    1/29/2016 10:47 AM

    Love this product. Just curious if you can print out the picture or transfer to photo canvas

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 10:56 AM

    @Paula Thanks :) Yes, you definitely can print out the images you make. It will depend on the app that you are using or by saving your image to your photo library then sending it to your printer. As the tablets have gotten more powerful the resolution and output size have increased. I have printed out some 18x24" paintings to canvas (from the Procreate app) that look amazing!

  • Guest
    Guest
    1/29/2016 11:01 AM

    Can you recommend a couple of apps for ipad for beginners?

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 11:16 AM

    @Guest Of course! For iOS: Tayasui Sketches, ArtRage, Paper (by 53) and SketchTime. For Android: ArtRage, Sketchbook Pro. For Microsoft: Fresh Paint, ArtRage, Sketchbook Pro. I would check the developer website as well. Sometimes they have videos which can give you and idea of the app.

  • Sue
    Sue
    1/29/2016 11:38 AM

    @Matt Can the Sensu be used with Photoshop?

  • Lorraine
    Lorraine
    1/29/2016 11:08 AM

    can this be used on a tablet or laptop computer?

    Thank you

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 11:17 AM

    @Lorraine Hi. Absolutely on a tablet! If you have a touchscreen laptop than that works as well.

  • Zenobia
    Zenobia
    1/29/2016 11:09 AM

    I have one similar, but it would be great to have a brush with a smaller brush part for the ios6, finer than what is available.

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 11:20 AM

    @Zenobia Hi. The brush head has to be large enough to meet the minimum requirements of the operating system. That very likely will change in the future but now we have it tuned to that. That said you can change the characters of the brush in the app you are using.

  • Ted
    Ted
    1/29/2016 11:10 AM

    Can the Buddy Stylus work on Surface Pro 2?

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 11:21 AM

    @Ted Hi. Yes it does! Love the Surface Pro. Have you used Fresh Paint? It is an excellent app.

  • DOMINIC
    DOMINIC
    1/29/2016 11:18 AM

    I've tried a number of brush/styli but none have been able to duplicate the feel of or results from an actual brush on paper, canvas, etc.... I don't know if it's me or the programs. Can you [1] recommend a good program or app that emulates actual brush on paper and [2] publish a video showing an actual work being created with the Sensu?

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 11:23 AM

    @DOMINIC What device/platform are you using?

  • Phyllis
    Phyllis
    1/29/2016 11:34 AM

    Why is it made in CHINA? I thought the products on here are made in the USA.

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 11:39 AM

    @Phyllis Well, sadly the artist brush industry left the States many years ago. The folks making our brushes are really good at what they do and have been making artist brushes for a long time.

  • Gretchen
    Gretchen
    1/29/2016 11:42 AM

    @Phyllis No, unfortunately, a number of products are not made in the USA due to trying to keep down costs. If you go to "SHOP" you can choose to see only those products made in the USA.

  • Parker
    Parker
    1/29/2016 12:18 PM

    @Phyllis You do realize that whatever computer/device you just used (to whine about Chinese goods) was almost certainly made in China, don't you? Cost aside, it's often impossible to find an American manufacturer willing to make a limited quantity of any product.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/29/2016 1:29 PM

    Gretchen, you took the words right out of my mouth.

    Parker, right, unfortunately, you are. It is tough to find products manufactured in America especially early in a business' life. However, with enough support here on site, that reality can start to become the norm.

  • Linda
    Linda
    1/29/2016 11:49 AM

    Can it be used with Photoshop or InDesign?

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 11:53 AM

    @Linda Hi. Most folks use them on their smart phones or tablets. But if you had laptop or desktop machine that was a touchscreen I don't see why not. What device would you be using?

  • Linda
    Linda
    1/29/2016 3:11 PM

    @Matt I have iPhone, iPad, iMac Pro, several Windows based tablets, Kindle, and my kids have iPad, iPhones, Kindle, and Windows tablets. I'm able to output PDFs of Photoshop and then use on iPads. I guess I should have asked if I can use this on a PDF format, or do I have to be in an actual drawing program.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/29/2016 6:05 PM

    Hi Linda, you can use it on anything that will allow you to write, sketch or paint in the program!

  • Peter
    Peter
    1/29/2016 11:52 AM

    Hey Matt. This is awesome! Will you be creating brushes in different sizes?

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 11:57 AM

    @Peter Thanks! We have looked into that but they really depends on what happens with the hardware and software being developed. But with our brush and one of the awesome apps available you can adjust sizes, brush types, colors to your hearts content!

  • Matthew
    Matthew
    1/29/2016 11:54 AM

    Will this work on the touch screen of the Lenovo Yoga 900? Thanks!

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 12:00 PM

    @Matthew Hi. Cool tablet. I haven't used that one yet but I just looked up the specs and our products should work great with it.

  • Una
    Una
    1/29/2016 11:56 AM

    Will this work with a Wacom tablet ?

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 11:58 AM

    @Una Hi. No, Wacom uses their own propriety tech. Great products though.

  • M
    M
    1/29/2016 12:11 PM

    Hi Matt

    Is this available in the UK? Thanks. Marnie

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 12:16 PM

    @M Hi. Contact The Grommet staff about delivery options. We would to get you one in the UK :)

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/29/2016 1:27 PM

    Hi M, we currently do not ship to the UK (we're getting there), but that doesn't mean it's impossible. There is a delivery service called Bongo that can get you a Sensu in the UK.

  • M
    M
    1/29/2016 12:12 PM

    Also does it work on kindle fire? Thanks M

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 12:16 PM

    @M Yes it does!

  • Debra
    Debra
    1/29/2016 12:13 PM

    How does your stylus work with the iPad Air 2? I understand that the newer screen technology has been a problem for some styli. Also is your Artist Brush and Stylus pressure sensitive and if so for what apps?

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 12:20 PM

    @Debra Hi. Yes, it works great with the iPad Air 2. You are correct that it did create some issues for some stylii. No, our products are not pressure sensitive. However there are several apps that have brushes that are speed sensitive, which means the faster you move across the screen the thinner the line gets.

  • Sheila
    Sheila
    1/29/2016 12:23 PM

    Which painting app / painting program do you recommend???

    Sheila

  • Sheila
    Sheila
    1/29/2016 12:24 PM

    @sheila

    For the iPad Air pad

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 12:27 PM

    @Sheila Hi. I love Procreate, ArtRage, Paper (by 53), Tayasui Sketches. Some are more complicated than others all are very powerful.

  • Jill
    Jill
    1/29/2016 12:32 PM

    Will this work on an apple touch pad which responds to finger swipes?

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 12:46 PM

    @Jill It is really funny that you ask that. The same thought occurred to me about a year ago. It does work when you press down on the pad. Though it is such a small area to work in that I found it to cramped. But it works!

  • Jill
    Jill
    1/29/2016 1:24 PM

    @Matt Thanks, I'll give it a try!

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 1:30 PM

    @Jill Great! Please let me know how it goes and what you think of working that way.

  • Cathy
    Cathy
    1/29/2016 1:49 PM

    Do you have to touch the metal part of the Solo Brush for the capacitive touch to work?

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 2:07 PM

    @Cathy Hi and good question. Solo’s handle is milled of solid aircraft-grade aluminum and can be touched anywhere and it will work. We have shaped it like a short handled artist brush and aluminum gives it just the right weight and balance.

  • Nheena
    Nheena
    1/29/2016 2:10 PM

    What is our favorite painting program for apple and for android, I'm thinking about getting this as a gift and would love to provide info.

  • Nheena
    Nheena
    1/29/2016 2:21 PM

    @Nheena

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 2:22 PM

    @Nheena Hi. Gosh, that is a tough question. In iOS I like Procreate, Tayasui Sketches, Paper and Sketchtime. In Android ArtRage, Sketchbook Pro. Thanks for buying it as a gift!

  • Ann
    Ann
    1/29/2016 3:13 PM

    Can I get one complete with a touch screen?

  • Ann
    Ann
    1/29/2016 3:15 PM

    @Ann--Anybody at Grommet know?

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 3:22 PM

    @Ann Hi. Not sure I understand your question. You would need a touchscreen device like the iPad to use the Sensu Brush on.

  • Arthur
    Arthur
    1/29/2016 3:53 PM

    Question: Painting is usually the easy part. Erasing (or successfully painting over) where mistakes have been made, is an other but ongoing issue. Does your brush do anything to make this easier, like paint "a blank area", to eliminate what you do not want?

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 3:59 PM

    @Arthur Hi. That really depends on the app you are using. Every app I have used has an eraser. Some of them allow you for adjusting the size of the eraser and even the texture of the eraser (the app Procreate does this). Also, many apps allow you to have multiple layers to work on (if you are familiar with Photoshop it is like that). You can use the layers to add elements or for tracing over a photo or other artwork, even moving elements of your artwork around.

  • Monica
    Monica
    1/29/2016 4:10 PM

    Will it work on a touch pad for a mac desktop using say, photoshop?

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 4:16 PM

    @Monica Hi. Jill asked that same question earlier. It will work but I found the small size of the track pad challenging. You would need to work in conjunction with a finger to 'click' your track pad and execute actions. That is a long way of saying 'yes' it works.

  • Sue
    Sue
    1/29/2016 4:14 PM

    I'm not an artist- but feel like this would be meditative to work with as well

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 4:19 PM

    @Sue Hi. It is absolutely meditative for me Sue! I draw every day and totally get lost in it. One of the great things about using a tablet and the Sensu is that you can take it anywhere and don't need to worry about cleaning up.

  • Gail
    Gail
    1/29/2016 5:09 PM

    Matt, are the 2 brushes offered different sizes... or does it matter if you are using an art program?

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    1/29/2016 5:23 PM

    @Gail Both brushes use the exact same brush head Gail. You will be able to adjust size, type and color in the app you use.

  • Gail
    Gail
    1/29/2016 5:41 PM

    @Matt Thankyou

  • ellyn
    ellyn
    1/29/2016 6:30 PM

    hi matt. i have an iPad pro. apple is now touting it's apple pencil to use with the iPad pro. i have one on order. do you know how the sensu compares with the Apple Pencil in what they each can do ? i'm a novice so not sure now whether yours would offer the same abilities? any sense of that. ? thanks

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/30/2016 8:21 AM

    Hi Ellyn, great question! Both Sensu and Apple pencil will give you an effective stylus experience for drawing and writing on a touchscreen. Sensu sets itself apart in two ways. One, it feels exactly like an artist's brush in your hand. It was designed to. So if you are looking for a stylus to serve you in this way, Sensu is a perfect fit. It can also serve the function of a pencil, but it was created with artists in mind.

    Two, the Apple pencil requires charging. Maybe that isn't an issue for you, but I think not having to worry about ensuring your tablet writing utensil has battery power is a pretty big advantage. $60 less isn't bad either.

  • Joey
    Joey
    1/29/2016 7:13 PM

    When you order this amazing brush, do you get the color of the coolers that are used to create a painting? This is amazing for anyone that is an artist r decorative painter. You have me interested. Joey

  • Joey
    Joey
    1/29/2016 7:17 PM

    @Joey the words "after the colors ". The word coolers should be omitted to make it a proper question.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/30/2016 8:25 AM

    Hi Joey, thanks for the question. When you purchase Sensu, you are receiving the stylus brush in one of the colors available when you click on "Buy" underneath the video. As far as colors for actually painting, that will depend on the features of the app you are using your stylus brush on. Most apps have a pretty extensive palette with add-ons available. Hope this helps!

  • David
    David
    1/29/2016 8:36 PM

    Wow, Matt,

    I've been starving for this! I've tried several different stylus especially and they all seem to give me a best guess smear. I do more art on my screen with the eraser than a brush or pencil. I have not seen anything like this since my Wacom tablet died. And I know it will work before I buy because the video shows someone using an app that I am currently using.

    Thanks,

    David

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/30/2016 8:27 AM

    Hi David, thanks so much for the kind words! We hope you enjoy your Sensu.

    And we totally knew you were using that app...

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