We're all more or less used to navigating with touch -- the iPhone a recent landslide of multitouch-enabled laptops have pretty much seen to that. (Not to mention the forthcoming Windows 7, which is the first major computer OS to natively support multitouch screens.) Falling into line, Wacom today intro'ed new graphics tablets that will let you add touch to any PC or Mac.
The granddaddy of the group, the Bamboo Pen & Touch ($99), overlays two separate input planes. First up, a 6-inch multitouch layer, which will recognize common touch gestures, including two-finger scrolling, pinching zoom and two-finger rotation (a handy tutorial will help you customize gestures to cater to apps or functions you use a ton). On top of that is Bamboo's pen-input area, which measures about 7 inches on the diagonal and supports all pen inputs for document annotation, doodling or photo editing (it comes bundled with Adobe Photoshop Elements). The Pen & Touch also has four programmable express keys for any shortcuts you want to have handy.
You can also opt for either the Bamboo Pen or or Bamboo Touch if you only want one type of input and to knock the price down to $69.
All in all, the move isn't surprising: Wacom has provided pen-input tech for tablet PCs for a while now, and with Win7 looming, the company had to develop a new system to merge both stylus- and finger-based entry.
Wacom has also upgraded their craft-centric tablets to include touch. The $199 Bamboo Fun has a larger tracking area and a whopping software bundle worth a couple hundred bucks that includes Corel Essentials and Adobe Photoshop Elements. The $129 Bamboo Craft has a smaller tracking area, but comes with the same software bundle.
windows 7 is awesome. definitely faster than vista too. my dad has the release to manufacturers version :)
"Not to mention the forthcoming Windows 7, which is the first OS to natively support touch."
What about Snow Leopard?
I second the comment about Windows 7 being the only OS to support Touch. You would think that people who review technology would at least be unbiased and not take corporate bribes to plug an OS that hasn't been released yet. Especially since the iPhone OS is built on Apple's OS X Frameworks, and the new OS Snow Leopard shares even more frameworks with the iPhone.
Get your facts straight!
Regardless of what OS you use this is a cool toy. If I could draw I would get this.
I may go for the 69$ touch only version.
Uhhhhh - wasn't iPhone OS the first OS to support multi-touch?
Also, the way that was written could be considered libel. There were no verbs to cover your butt like "reportedly".
Come on PopSci - you can do better than this.
Unless this article has been touched up since it was originally posted, the actual quote is this:
"Not to mention the forthcoming Windows 7, which is the first major computer OS to natively support multitouch screens."
Which it is. Unless Apple has recently and secretly released multi-touch SCREENS for their COMPUTER OS, and not their mobile phone OS. Which they haven't...
By the way, I own an iPhone 3GS and a MacBook Pro. So, I'm not an anti-Apple fanboy. It just annoys me when everyone jumps forward to defend their "team" without actually reading what was written.