The "Flow" is a real paintbrush for your touchscreen tablet

The "Flow" is another paintbrush concept for touchscreen devices, in the heels of the Nomad Brush that was announced earlier this year. It is actually a paintbrush stylus that can be used on capacitive touchscreens, a mixture of real and conductive bristles that slide away gently on the screen, producing what the makers claim is as close an experience to using the real thing, as possible.

It is by no means a substitute for a real canvas and a brush, but allows for an exciting new way to interact with your tablet. After seeing a few masterpieces done simply with fingers and iOS painting applications, we are eagerly awaiting the first samples with these pseudo paintbrushes.

The guys from Joystickers, which came up with the "Flow" brush, need $10 000 to start it rolling off the belts, so they are taking in $20 or $30 "pledges" to see if they can meet this goal and put the paintbrush in production. If the sum is met, your card will be charged, and the Flow brush shipped to you. So far they have about $3000 + pledged, with 25 days to go. We are expecting other innovative stuff from them, after they graced us with the idea for the little joysticks that can be placed on your smartphone's screen for more tactile gaming.

source: Joystickers via Clove



1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

This is cool, but if you really want to paint why not use the real stuff? It's not painting on a touch screen. I feel that we are all desensitizing our selves. Now we need to virtually paint, c'mon I feel like this is going to hurt art in schools & our children will never know the joy of creating. Painting on a touch screen is not creative, it's like playing Mario Paint on the Super Nintendo back in the early 90's. It's just a gimmick. Whatever happened to doing things for real not on a touch screen! Everything is going in a virtual manner. I see the joy in my son's face when he draws on paper or on an easel. Also he loves real books not these virtual books. Some kids now don't know what is like to hold a book, or turn an actual page. They even sell e-readers to pre-K children. I feel this is an injustice to Americas youth. Our children need to learn the wonders on books, art, & music. The more we move to virtual reality the more of a risk we have in loosing these forms of art!

3. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

No offense... but your thinking way too hard on this. Just like you said... its a gimmick. Albeit a cool gimmick but a gimmick nonetheless. Its 2011... these are the years that people back in the 80's thought we'd be flying in cars. Technology advancement is a good thing! This stuff won't ever replace the real stuff. And if any technology was to ever replace something, its going to be for good reason. Come out of your rock, open your eyes, and take it in because its 2011 and technology is only going to grow.

5. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I know of kids who have never used a book. They only use e-readers. They sell them at stores like Target, Wal-Mart and so forth. So it is starting right now as we speak. I think you need to come out of your rock see with your own eyes. IT IS HAPPENING. It starts little by little until it's mainstream. If you teach young people that this is normal they will not know any better. All I am saying is that the tech can grow all it wants as long as the arts are not affected. For a child to not know what a book is totally unacceptable. It's crazy.

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you couldnt be more wrong. As a child i used to paint quite a bit on the real thing.. as an adult i just dont have the time. But what i (will eventually) have is a tablet of some sort. It would allow me to do something I like in my spare time at work or other places like on trips. It will also allow me to visualize any ideas i have, the moment i have them. Do you bring an easel and paint set every where you go? Do you bring your phone/daily electronics? I bet you bring ur phone, not your easel. With tech like this, i can "paint" down my ideas on the fly and then email them to anyone i please. Try doing that with the "real thing". There is a time and place for everything.

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Agreed. That is how technology should be used. Not as a replacement but in conjunction. That is perfect! Let's just not forget the real thing. If we don't teach young children these facts they will never know them. Yes there is a time & a place for everything, you are right. Some parents are just lazy & will never go the extra step for their kids. The school system too needs to realize this. All the arts, are essential to form a strong future for our selves through our children. I love technology, that is why I come to this site. My child sees my phone, computer & is curious. I promote drawing, painting, music & play so he gets all the foundations down that why he will not rely on technology, the technology aspect will take care of itself. I have fond memories of music class, art class & theatre arts class. There is a special feeling in creating, & a lot of America's youth sadly will never know what I am talking about.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

my 4 year old daughter has had a child sized easel for as long as she could stand. she prefers the paint program on the computer (its a full setup, not just the basic ms paint.. lol). Kids are digital these days. They are growing up in it like no generation before ever has. Things will change drastically.

22. Change can happen unregistered

Yes kids are digital these days, but it doesn't mean it's a good thing either. Exposure to a computer screen at a young age can affect the childs eye development.

13. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

As a person who uses both real media and Adobe programs, I have to say that little gadget is very cool. I can't wait until I can carry just a pad and stylus around and with them the ability to do big full color pieces. I could zoom in and out and not have to lug around ten pounds of markers (yes, I own ten pounds of markers. Probably more...) Real media won't ever be completely abandoned, but a lot of graphic artists and industrial designers have moved on to tablets and the like. Art is never about the tools used, but the abilities of the person using them, anyway.

15. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes a machine can make a perfect stoke when you touch the screen for you. On paper or whatever you the artist needs to learn how to make that perfect stroke. This is where technique get lost. On a computer most hard techniques are really handled for you. On paper nothing can help you except your pure skill. Those are the small things that will be lost if we move to virtual painting from real painting. Yes it's fun but it should never replace the truth in technique. Microsoft paint is neat & you can do some cool things on it. Now try to make the same whatever by hand & eye. You will see it's not so easy!

16. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

That is totally and completely untrue. You need just as much skill to use photoshop and a tablet as you do to use a pencil. In fact sometimes you need a better control to use the tablet. I get better work out of using pencil pretty much every time. Pencil work for me, personally, is MUCH easier. I prefer using Photoshop to color simply because I can get a more vivid picture faster.

17. I don't know unregistered

I don't know, SuperAndroidEvo has a point. The programs teach you how to use them and once you know it's pretty easy. The pencil thing is not that easy. Maybe you are an exception, but me I can't draw for amything but photoshop I can do some magic!

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i think the difference is photoshop is more forgiving. you cant erase the same spot over n over on paper. pencil/paint is a much harder technique to master compared to adobe. One can compliment the other if you let it though.

21. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

They each require similar skillsets, but of the artists I know and went to school with if a person couldnt draw with a pencil they produced even shoddier art in Photoshop. I can't believe I'm an exception. What I do think is that people have this idea that technology makes it easier and therefore their art is improved. When it really isn't.

2. TDroid21

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 04, 2011

It can't be helped.. Technology is evolving and along with it our daily lives also change depending on what technology gets in our hands.

4. Change can happen unregistered

Yes it can be helped. If we put our minds to it we can do anything. Why can't technology and the arts co-exist? People who say it can't be helped really don't want to change or just don't care. The arts are imprtant to developing young childrens minds. To take that away would just not be right. I agree with the 1st post. We can have it all, the technology & the arts.

6. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Thank you, Change can happen! All we need to do is to not forget. Keep the arts going. Technology will never go away, but the arts are in danger at schools all over the U.S. Some schools right now as we speak don't teach music & so on. Finally someone who understands. "We can have it all, the technology & the arts." EXACTLY! What a great point you have!

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

know why they are moving to Ebooks? They are saving BILLIONS of tons of paper.. that means TREES. Arent you hippies supposed to be against deforrestation? LOL. Yes, the arts are totally in danger in schools. Music and art programs are cut long before the money making football programs. You either have to find a way to make music and arts more profitable for the schools (football money is part of their budget) or convince everyone to pay higher taxes to the school system. Personally, I'd rather my children be exposed to the arts than to football, but were on the losing side of the arguement.

10. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol I am no hippie, born in the disco era 1979! lol There is so much waste out there that they should never need to cut a tree to make books. I am glad you understand as a parent yourself. My kids will embrace technology but at the right time. They need to use their imagination & just be kids. They grow up so fast, they have the rest of their lives to use technology. They will be more tech savvy than us by the age of 10 anyways. So let's start our kids on the right foot. The arts are so important.

12. Smartphone Fan unregistered

I agree but to us non atheist I choose the word' Improving' to Evolving. You believers notice how the phantom menace sneeks that word in every car or technology comercial?

14. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

I don't want to turn phone arena into a religious debate, but you don't have to be an atheist to agree with the concept of evolution, thank you.

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

no but you do have to be brainwashed with your head in the sand to think evolution isnt the most accurate theory.. especially in light of :)

11. Smartphone Fan unregistered


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