Technology Dec 2011
Challenging the mouse
Intuitive input gaining ground
Its highly sensitive pen and touch input devices assist designers, illustrators, film editors and others in their daily work and more recently Wacom has been offering its Bamboo range for the consumer market.
The Bamboo ‘tablets’ make it easier to use graphics and photo manipulation packages, navigate around the computer or the web and personalise emails and documents using a pen or finger movements.
Wacom Australasia general manager, Linda Zugai, says the peripheral devices might best be described as a giant mouse pad or tracking device on steroids.
She wouldn’t be without her Bamboo Pen & Touch which she uses for general computer and web navigation, and to take advantage of the annotation and handwriting recognition capabilities of Windows 7 for example.
The Bamboo tablets are also seen as part the growing trend toward reducing paper flow, by enabling annotations to be made on documents without having to print them, then rescan and return.
Zugai says lecturers use the tablet for marking assignments, the medical profession for electronic record management and cartoonists and photographers are big users.
One of the biggest mental blocks is that at first glance it may appear difficult. However Zugai says “It’s no different than a mouse – only you don’t have to look for the cursor in bad light, the whole active area represents the monitor and it follows your hand around the screen.”
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