Wacom: We’re Working On Our Own Multi-Touch Tablet

Wacom: We’re Working On Our Own Multi-Touch Tablet

Wacom is readying a pressure-sensitive tablet of its own. The source of this “rumor”? Wacom itself, via its Facebook page. And being from Wacom, it’ll have a pressure-sensitive pen, plus multi touch and some more mystery features.

Wacom:

We’ve heard you shouting out loud for a Wacom mobile tablet for creative uses. Well… we’re listening. We’ve read your email and spoken to many about an on-the-go dream device.

It will come. This summer. We’re working 24/7 on it. And yes, it has a real pressure-sensitive professional pen, smooth multi-touch, an HD display, and other valuable features that you haven’t seen in other tablets.

Sounds pretty great, huh? And while Wacom occasionally makes weird products like the Inkling, when it comes to pens and tablets it’s still the gold standard.

So what could is be like? My guess is an Android-based tablet (why not, right? There’s no point writing a new OS when you can grab an almost-adequate one off the shelf) with a VGA port, a serial port and… Kidding! It’ll most likely be similar to every other tablet, but I’d bet that it’ll put in a few of buttons on the bezels for drawing-specific stuff. In fact, take a look at a Cintiq (pictured above) and imagine it as a self-contained device and you’ll probably not be far off the mark.

The iPad is starting to fall behind here. Microsoft’s Surface Pro is, by some accounts, pretty awesome for drawing thanks to its built-in Wacom tech, and yet iPad owners have to get by with crappy third-party styluses that attempt to add pressure sensitivity.

Maybe Apple will add a stylus API in iOS 7? One that would let Wacom make awesome styluses to make drawing on the iPad more like drawing on paper and less like using an Etch-a-Sketch. Until then, creatives should go buy a Surface Pro (ha!) or wait until Wacom’s summer release.

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  • hanhothi

    Apple will probably try to sue them cuz it is rectangular with rounded corners and uses a multitouch screen!

  • technochick

    So the iPad are crap for drawing, while the Surface and all those Android tablets are awesome.

    Think I’ll take the opinion of renowned artists doing exhibitions of their iPhone ‘paintings’ and getting such art on the cover of major magazines as proof of how wrong that opinion is. When someone gets on the cover of the New Yorker or similar with a Surface ‘painting’ we can visit the issue

  • donnpattenden

    I generally agree with the author’s comments, but I don’t anticipate Apple adding stylus support to iOS any time in the foreseeable future, because it’s a niche market, and Apple doesn’t cater for those.

    Practically speaking, Wacom owns most of the patents for stylus input tech and I can’t see Apple licensing Wacom’s tech and having to bump up the price of iPad.

    As for Surface Pro, it looks great for artists, except app support for its pressure sensitivity is very limited at this stage. Photoshop isn’t get supported, which is a deal breaker for many.

    @technochick There’s no doubt that artists are doing great things with iPad *in spite of* the absence of native stylus support. That doesn’t mean that the third party styluses aren’t crappy: it just means that artists are making the most of them.

    Also the author didn’t say that the Android tablets are better: just that Android is an adequate system that’s freely available, making it a logical choice for Wacom.

    On the other hand iOS has far better art apps than Android, such as Procreate, which may never come to the Android platform. Wacom would probably have to develop its own Android app for the device.

    Given that, Windows 8 is also a possibility for Wacom’s gadget, and the better choice IMHO, especially if they can use a Haswell processor.

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