With people posting the view from their office window, their cat asleep on their pillow, or the plate of food they consumed for breakfast, sharing digital images with others has almost become a national obsession. Given this rapid rise in posting to the world our day’s proceedings, no matter how mundane or exciting, technology manufacturers are increasingly looking for ways us to execute our national obsession more effectively, efficiently and rapidly. Heading the way in making social computer users’ quest to bombard their contacts with posts and tweets that will essentially ‘bore the socks off them’, is Wacom, a Japan-based company with a vision to ‘bring people and technology closer’.
Living up to its goals to fuse the gap between people and technology, Wacom has announced an all-new line-up of its market-leading Bamboo products. This range of interactive tablets promise to be colourful, inventive and creative, and include the Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch (small/medium), the Bamboo Pen & Touch (small) and the Bamboo Pen (small).
For those of you with absolutely no idea what I am talking about – myself included – these lightweight, battery-free, wireless and super-portable ‘pens’, enable fast and easy navigation of PCs and Macs. With a multi-touch functionality the new Bamboo range has 1024 pressure levels that allow users to make accurate cursor movements and handwritten notes. Not only can users imprint their own handwriting on their PC, but they can surf the web, scroll through documents, flick through photo galleries and rotate images, with just the stroke of a finger.
So what’s the difference between the Bamboo Pen & Touch and the Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch? The latter being more fun than the former we presume? Well except being silver as opposed to black, the Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch possesses all the same features as the Bamboo Pen & Touch, but also boast an, Wacom inform us, ‘outstanding’ software bundle that includes Adobe, Photoshop, Elements 8 (for small), ad 9 (for medium) and ArtRage 3. The medium-sized tablet can also double-up into a digital canvas with Corel Painter Essentials 4.
It certainly sounds fun and ideal for fine-tuning and editing creative work! The Bamboo Pen & Touch is priced at £74.99 and the Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch is priced at £89.99 for the small model and £169.99 for a medium model.