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FiftyThree Announces Pencil, a Sustainable Smart Stylus Made for Paper

Fair warning: the product video made us a little motion sick.

FiftyThree’s Pencil brings smart technologies like palm rejection, smart sensors, low power Bluetooth Smart wireless, and long lasting battery life to a stylus made specifically for Paper on the iPad. Shaped like a carpenter pencil to prevent rolling, Pencil pairs with the iPad by simply pressing the tip to the screen. Two gold plated sensors, one for the tip and one for the eraser, detect how you’re using the stylus so you can sketch and erase by simply flipping the pencil over. When paired, your finger becomes an extra tool that lets you smooth rough edges and blend colors. Pencil lasts up to a month on battery with regular use, and can be charged in 90 minutes by simply connecting it to a common USB port.

FiftyThree is well known for Paper, which was awarded Apple’s ‘App of the Year’ in 2012 for the iPad. For Paper, FiftyThree carefully crafted an app that makes people feel unashamed about their lack of artistry, developing a core set of tools that encourage people to draw and note take freely while producing beautiful results. Also known for its in-app purchase model, FiftyThree asks customers to buy only the tools they need, providing the essentials for free.

In addition to Pencil, FiftyThree also recently launched Book, which turns drawings from Paper into a printed foldout notebook.

Pencil comes in two sustainably manufactured flavors: Walnut (which includes a magnetic strip for adhering to Smart Covers and iPads) for $59.99, and a Graphite brushed aluminum model for $49.99. You can pre-order Pencil from You can download Paper from the App Store for free.

Learn more about Pencil from FiftyThree on their news page.

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