A Clutch Of Cunning Inventions

March 8, 2012 12:00 am

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Compared to the Striiv's rivals, there's less of an emphasis on data. Instead, the idea is better motivation. When it comes to keeping fit, that's a goal worth striving for.

NOMAD BRUSH FOR IPAD ($25). The iPad's screen has been designed to respond only to finger touches. You can't operate it with a pen or a toothpick.

For artistic people, that's too bad. As a painting instrument, there's not much delicacy or finesse to your finger.

Somehow, Nomad has figured out how to make a paintbrush that works on the iPad. You can use any painting or drawing app; the brush has a light touch, and it works smoothly and flawlessly. (You can see it in action if you search YouTube for "nomad ipad.")

The bristles are made of soft horsehairlike fibers; various styles of handle are available. You can do more than paint with this thing, of course -- you can operate the whole iPad with it, and some people actually think it works better than your hand for that purpose. (That's definitely true when you have gloves on or you're eating.)

All right, gadgeteers. That's it for this round. Six new products, none perhaps deserving of the full spotlight -- but together, at least worthy of a group photo. Happy spring cleaning!

E-mail: pogue@nytimes.com

First Published 2012-03-07 23:01:36

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