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Nomad Brush: a paintbrush for your tablet

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There are dozens of styli out there, one of which I’ve reviewed. Some of them are weirder than others, but the Nomad Brush definitely takes the cake- in a good way.

The Nomad Brush is a paintbrush that works with capacitive screen, meaning you can brush away in your favorite drawing/painting app. It’s marketed as “for iPad”, but it will work with any tablet (or smartphone, ereader, etc) with a capacitive touchscreen. I know at least one of our readers who enjoy such apps and I have been known to play with them at times myself, even if it’s just to pass time or make an illustration picture for an article on this site.

The advantage with a brush like this over a normal stylus is both the shape it creates, the added control of a softer tip and less friction than when using a stylus or finger. There are some truly amazing paintings/drawings done on tablets on YouTube if you look around, so I have absolutely no doubt that this product will be an instant success in the tablet painting community (the fact that such a community exists says a lot about how far tablets have come in a year).

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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22 thoughts on “Nomad Brush: a paintbrush for your tablet

  • Avatar of Mathis

    are the brushparts made out of wire-like-stuff?
    i’m a bit afraid, i’ve heard of mod-stylus’ working with a paperclip at the end, so you have more precision where you draw your lines, but some people say, it would start scretching the glass(even if these are just micro-screchtes, they would anoy me). when i’ll start drawing oilpaintings, i will come back to it :)

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    • Avatar of macilaci457

      Not necessarily. There are other conductive materials, even soft textile. This can be a condicting microfibre or something.

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    • Avatar of macilaci457

      I would worry more about the paint. Not the brush. :-D (Sorry, I had to post this)

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      • Ha ha, true. Now undos there…

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  • Avatar of macilaci457

    Wow, this looks good! At least a stylish accessory.

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  • Avatar of macilaci457

    I just noticed on the second video the picture is hardly changing with the mofe of brush… Like it were fake.

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    • If its sketchbook, one of the main features is easily available opacity settings. So you can paint on paint without covering whats underneath. Considering how this pic looks im guessing the opacity on the brush is low

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  • Now, that’s neat! I wouldn’t have thought of this in a hundred years :)

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  • Avatar of bolliby

    Looks pretty sexy. Is the handle part made of wood?

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  • Avatar of McGyyver

    The idea of this is pretty nice, but as a painter i think i would prefer a iece of paper and paint ;). And for the rest i dont need a brush, some sausage will do ;)

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    • You could cut up the end of a sausage if you really wanted, too. A sausage-brush. :)

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  • Avatar of Barto

    This is a genius product! If it works as good as it appears to, someone deserves a medal for this. Even if you’re not into the idea of ‘painting’ on a tablet, the softer bristles would unwittingly add a new dimension of tactile feedback. Love it! (or the idea of it at least)

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    • Wait for the next version to come out… you never know.

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  • Avatar of Relyt

    This is really neat! Thanks for sharing

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  • Avatar of Andrew

    This adds a whole new category to artistic expression, I’m really psyched!!

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  • Avatar of ztcfgh

    Now paintings can become obsolete.

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  • Avatar of Matthew B.

    Does the touchscreen interpret the brush as one large object, or does it actually “feel” at least few different points?

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  • Avatar of JosephM

    I have to say, this is the coolest thing ever. Binding the intuitiveness of a physical brush with the portability and “undo-ableness” of a digital device.

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