Wacom Technology Corp. introduces Bamboo, an all new family of pen tablets available in the Americas for the first time. This new family of human interface devices includes Bamboo and Bamboo Fun, two distinct pen tablets that provide a natural, personal and creative digital input experience in any home or work environment. See Bamboo and Bamboo highlights at the http://www.wacom.com/wacombamboo microsite.
Just like the first writing instruments in Asia created from bamboo and fur, Wacom’s new Bamboo and Bamboo Fun reinvent the pen for the 21st century and offer new inking freedoms for our era.
“Advances in both software applications and computer operating systems make this an ideal time for us to interact with computers in a more expressive and efficient manner,” said Dennis Hoff, Wacom’s consumer product manager. “Now, you can use a pen to create expressive content, personalize communications and navigate more freely.”
Both Bamboo and Bamboo Fun sport elegant designs with increased functionality and ease of use in mind. Four programmable ExpressKeys(TM) are situated on the tablet surface to customize commonly used commands, such as “undo” or “copy.” A finger-sensitive Touch Ring has been positioned to allow for quick and easy zooming and scrolling. The textured work surface of the tablet provides an intuitive pen-on-paper feel, while the stylish and ergonomically designed pens allow users to experience seemingly unlimited levels of pressure sensitivity, to create variations of pen strokes, from fine lines to bold brush marks. Additionally, Bamboo and Bamboo Fun work elegantly in both Mac and PC (including Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista( environments.
Bamboo Fun: Create your World
Available to consumers immediately in two sleek sizes and four cool colors, Bamboo Fun provides all the tools needed to have fun exploring digital creativity. Ideal for digital photo enthusiasts or those just wanting to satiate their creative hunger, Bamboo Fun makes it easy to enhance photos and create artwork for scrapbooks, craft projects and slide shows.
Bamboo Fun includes valuable software applications that embrace pen support and deliver greater control when editing photos or creating works of art. These applications include Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 (Elements 4 for Mac users), which make it possible to quickly and easily edit and organize digital photos. Many of the retouching and brush strokes required in Photoshop are accomplished more accurately and rapidly with the use of a pen. Additionally, Nik(R)’s Color Efex Pro 2 GE filtering software allows one to simply select and apply high-quality photographic enhancements with the stroke of a pen. For those with an artistic flair, the natural feel of the Bamboo Fun pen combined with the capabilities of Corel Painter Essentials 3, also included, makes creating great looking artwork easy and fun. When used with a Bamboo Fun pen, Painter Essentials 3 can take on the look and feel of just about any natural art tool and is perfect for creating original digital artwork from photos.
In addition to Wacom’s patented cordless, battery-free pen, the Bamboo Fun mouse, uses the same electro-magnetic resonance technology as the pen, offering quick response times and accuracy. Because the mouse has no ball, wires or batteries, users discover a virtually maintenance free experience. When used alternately with a mouse, the Bamboo pen can effectively reduce repetitive motion and increase comfort and control.
Bamboo Fun is offered in two sizes (small and medium) each in black, silver, white or blue.
Bamboo: Make your Mark!
Getting the most out of business and communications software is now within easy reach with Bamboo, a rugged and elegant pen tablet designed specifically for the mainstream home or office computer user. Building on Wacom’s extensive experience developing pen-based input devices, the small pen tablet, in black only, provides the same hardware features as Bamboo Fun, except for the pressure-sensitive pen eraser and mouse.
A recent winner of the coveted red dot award for product design, Bamboo’s contemporary design elicits an emotional attachment and pride-of-ownership rarely found in the input device category. With a natural pen-on-paper feel, Bamboo makes it easy for users to personalize their workflow and collaborate with others by providing navigation and communication capabilities not available with alternative input devices.
Mac OS and Microsoft Windows Vista operating systems introduce significant pen input features to Bamboo users for a faster, easier and more efficient computing experience. For those on a Mac, Inkwell offers a variety of pen input features, allowing one to enter handwritten text anywhere typed text is accepted. Bamboo pen users working on a PC will covet the new Windows Vista-enabled note taking resources, handwriting recognition and time-saving gesture controls. All versions of Windows Vista (except Home Basic) provide complete pen functionality with Bamboo. Select aspects of the Bamboo and Windows Vista pen experience include:
— Note Taking — Microsoft Journal is an application exclusively for the
benefit of Bamboo or those working with another pen tablet, interactive
pen display or Tablet PC. Journal simulates a physical notebook, but
with all the advantages of a digital medium. The Bamboo pen can be
used in Journal to jot notes and capture quick sketches, providing
valuable collaboration options for use at home, school and work.
Journal also incorporates a powerful search engine that can even locate
— Handwriting Recognition — Windows Vista introduces intelligent
handwriting recognition as a natural supplement to keyboard input.
This new recognition technology efficiently and accurately converts a
wide variety of handwriting styles into typed text. For example,
during a brainstorming session, Bamboo users can scribble down ideas
and sketch concepts for collaboration with colleagues. The user has
the option to share the information in handwritten form or convert it
to typed text.
— Gestures — There are a variety of pen gestures available within
Windows Vista that enable Bamboo users to navigate faster and enhance
the overall computing experience. Flicks offers eight customizable
gestures with actions determined by the user and Scratch Out allows pen
users to delete text automatically with a scratching motion of the pen
over the targeted text.
Bamboo also enables new features in recent releases of the most popular software applications. In Microsoft Office 2007, users can now discover new ways to personalize and simplify their work. When running on Windows Vista, Microsoft’s Word ), Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and OneNote all support digital mark-up with a Bamboo pen tablet, allowing easy access to digital inking tools for intuitive collaboration. Users can select a pen or highlighter tool to mark-up documents, spreadsheets, presentation slides and e-mail messages.
Applications for the Bamboo Family
Uses at home include:
— Learning — solve math problems, learn to write, and correct homework
— Scrapbooking — create a photo album with personal notes to build
— Projects — sketch a rough landscaping plan for the new yard
— Personal Finance — flag figures and make digital notes for future
— Photography — edit and retouch digital photos
— Web Design — personalize web sites or online graffiti
Business uses include:
— Signing — sign contracts and initial forms
— Editing — edit all types of documents
— Organizing — highlight and aggregate Web research
— Annotating — jot notes during a meeting or class
— Brainstorming — sketch ideas and scribble down concepts
— Redlining — mark-up engineering plans
Pricing and Availability
Available at retail in mid-September, Bamboo is priced at $79.99 (MSRP). Also available in September, Bamboo Fun, offered in two sizes (small, medium) costs $99.99 and $199.99 (MSRP) respectively.