Wacom's Bamboo Pad: The Two-in-One Experience
VANCOUVER, WA — Bamboo Pad is Wacom's latest solution for adding navigation gestures as well as drawing and handwriting capabilities to a typical, everyday PC or Mac experience. Once plugged into any Windows 8 (or Windows 7) operated laptop or desktop computer, Bamboo Pad immediately delivers an authentic and more natural navigation experience to the user.
"Bamboo Pad is not just the next touch pad on the market. For people who would love to add a personal signature, a drawing or some handwritten comments to their documents, this new product offers the feel that only a pressure-sensitive Wacom stylus can produce," states Rick Peterson, director of consumer products for Wacom Americas.
Bamboo Pad's ultra-slim design offers comfortable usage even throughout long working hours. Compared to a traditional computer mouse the new pad offers natural feeling multi-touch gestures (particularly under Windows 8). Communication becomes even more visual and fun by adding sketches, drawings or handwriting with the included stylus. "Add a personal signature to an e-mail or highlight words and paragraphs to support an important point or message," says Peterson. "Windows 8 users also have the chance to download the new Bamboo Page app from the Windows Store for free. This software allows a head start into note-taking and light sketching."
Wacom's two-in-one human interface device feels natural, looks stylish and gives users an opportunity to not only work in a relaxed and comfortable fashion, but add a little bit of fun and creativity to home or office computer input. Wacom's technology makes sure that gestures and handwriting never interfere with each other as the pad automatically recognizes whether a pen or finger are first to come into proximity with the pad's surface. For Windows 7 and 8 users, simply plug in Bamboo Pad to activate the device. For Apple computers (MacOS 10.7 or later) a driver has to be installed first, which can be downloaded from the Wacom support website.
Bamboo Pad wireless ($79) and wired ($49) models are intended to be available the latter half of this month or the beginning of October at select retail locations and Wacom's eStore. Users can choose from four designs. Either a grey with a shiny surface or a white pad with one of three color accents in blue, light green or purple (wireless connection only). Of course every feel-enabled Bamboo Stylus can also be used on the Bamboo Pad.