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A pen for every PC - Wacom have today announced a new family of consumer pen tablets.
No longer an exclusive tool for creative professionals, the Bamboo range of advanced input devices comes initially in three forms – Bamboo, Bamboo Fun and Bamboo One. Combining a tablet with an ergonomically designed, cordless and battery-free digital pen and supporting software, each product provides an enhanced and creative way of using computers at home and at work for a wide range of uses.
Bamboo - make your mark
Launched in May 2007, Bamboo is an award-winning sleek, black input device for consumers in the home office or workplace. Designed for use with office applications and supporting the advanced pen functionality now available in current operating systems including intelligent handwriting recognition, Bamboo can be used to customise emails, letters, spreadsheets, presentations and documents with signatures, notes, doodles and scribbles. The wide-format tablet also has four ExpressKeys for quick navigation and a Touch Ring.
Bamboo comes with JustWrite Office software and now has a new price of £54.99 including VAT.
Bamboo One – get started
Bamboo One is an ideal tool for new users who would like to explore the possibilities of a pen tablet. With a brushed silver design, the tablet and digital pen offer a simple and intuitive way of interacting with a computer, enabling a personal touch to be added to digital photographs, invitations, birthday cards and emails. Simply plug and play, Bamboo One also presents an easy and quick way of navigating office applications.
Bamboo One comes with ArtRage 2.0, a stylish and simple-to-use painting package and is priced at £34.99 including VAT.
Bamboo Fun – create your world
With a stylish, white design, Bamboo Fun comes with Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 for PC (Adobe Photoshop Elements 4 for Mac OS), as well as ArtRage 2.0, making it a versatile input device ideal for consumers keen to develop their creative skills. Users can easily produce more natural and authentic-looking paintings, sketches and drawings, as well as retouch, improve, manage and share digital photographs. The four programmable ExpressKeys on the tablet itself make it quick and easy to use different shortcuts. Bamboo’s Touch Ring is ideal to zoom in and out or scroll through documents.
Bamboo Fun comes in two sizes – small and medium – reflecting the trend towards wide screen display and is priced at £69.99 and £139.99 including VAT respectively.
Each pen tablet in the Bamboo range enables users to unlock powerful pen-based features found in current operating systems, particularly Microsoft Windows Vista and Mac OS. They also include Wacom’s patented pressure sensitivity technology, enabling users to intuitively control and draw natural strokes or retouch digital images with pinpoint accuracy.
A recent, independent study recommends that due to the significant reduction in muscle tension when using a pen tablet, mouse users – with or without typical RSI complaints – should switch to using a pen tablet as often as possible. The RSI study is available to download from the ergonomics section on the Wacom website.
Bamboo is a perennial evergreen plant that grows in diverse climates, from cold mountains to hot tropical regions. It is a very versatile resource being used as raw material or transformed into tools, construction and many different products for various applications. Our digital pens are as versatile, hence the Bamboo name. In China, the very first pens were made combining bamboo sticks and fur and the Chinese symbol for ‘pen’ is formed by a combination of these two symbols: fur and bamboo.
Wacom, the leading manufacturer of pen tablets and interactive pen displays, today reinvents the pen for the 21st century.
More information about Wacom can be found at their website.