The WACOM tablet – that rectangular thing most people are not aware of while graphic designers often get to use them all the time.
The one I’m introducing today is the Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch, basically part of the Bamboo range that’s catered towards personal use but that’s not to say you can’t use it for serious work. 🙂 The industrial grade tablets prefered by graphic designers are under the Intuos and Cintiq series.
The pen, on the tablet’s pen holder.
For those of you who are not aware of how these things work. The Bamboo Fun’s tablet has 4 customizable buttons and the pen has 2 customizable buttons.
More details on the specifications, bundle and package contents at Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch official product page.
The first thing that comes to my mind – It’s a huge touchpad! Yes it is, and with a whole lot more functionality too.
Optionally you can use the pen should you decide to get creative, especially with the bundled applications. I had the tablet featured in an art exhibition opening and it was well received by kids and adults. Mothers loved the idea of getting the Bamboo for their children, seeing the convenience of painting without having to deal with cleaning up!
Another possible way to use it is to extend the USB cable to a computer that’s connected to your large display device (read – HUGE LCD / LED / Plasma TV) and have fun browsing.
Besides customizable buttons, you could also set the table to suit your writing nature – left or right handed. 🙂
If you go by touch, the tablet functions like a huge touch pad. If you’re using the pen, the tablet then maps itself to your screen.
Notice how I use multi-finger movements to work on the images or scroll up and down a website. You could flip through images or go back and forth from web pages by swiping your hand across (sorry, not on video).
A great product for students that are in graphic design, and also anyone else who has a lifestyle that involves sitting around the couch and browsing around. 🙂