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Wacom Bamboo Touch tablet leaked

updated 03:55 pm EDT, Tue September 15, 2009

Wacom Bamboo tablet gets multi-touch support

An upcoming tablet PC from Wacom has been spotted on the Internet, thanks to an anonymous source. Specs aren't completely clear in the shots given to Engadget, with the text on the box for the device revealing mostly that the Bamboo Touch tablet will support multi-touch input. However, the move would lead to the first Wacom device designed to work with only finger contact, as its previous tablets like the Intuos 4 have always depended on pressure-based stylus control.

Advertising in the images suggests the control would be used more for general navigation, such as rotating, scrolling or zooming through photos.

The multi-touch input also automatically leads many to assume the tablet will ship with Windows 7, which supports multi-touch natively. The peripheral may also be released alongside the new operating system, which is scheduled for an October 22nd launch.








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  1. jondesu

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: May 2008

    0

    Tablet PC?

    Looks like a standard Wacom tablet, not a tablet PC (Very different things). This isn't a computer, just an input device. Yes, multi-touch is new for Wacom, but the title here is very misleading. Someone needs to pay attention to what they're writing about.

    jW

  1. CmdrGampu

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2009

    +1

    Could be very interesting

    If they allow full programming with application-specific command sets and Mac compatibility, I'm sold.

  1. dfcster

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2009

    +4

    Natively....

    Windows 7, which supports multi-touch natively...
    Ummm hello Mac OS Leopard has supported multi touch for sometime!!
    Previous to Windoze 7zz

    I am also sold if it can use standard pen and other Wacom devices on top of multiple fingers..

  1. paulgunn

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2001

    +1

    Painter Essentials 4

    If they bundle it with Corels' Painter Essentials 4 beware if you have upgraded to Snow Leopard. I lost all the brushes in the tool drawer. I'm hoping a patch for 10.6 comes soon.

  1. Omek

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2002

    -1

    Is it really relevant though?

    Fairly soon here, Apple's line will likely all have some form of multitouch. I don't see Wacom really being relevant in the future.

  1. Visnaut

    Senior User

    Joined: Nov 2000

    -1

    RE: Is it really relevant though?

    Wacom will continue to be relevant because they always have been, in the digital arts, and that market isn't going anywhere.

    Even if Apple updates their entire line to have multi-touch, that's no different from the new PC hardware coming out now from various vendors that have multi-touch. It's not relevant to customers buying those either.

    What this product is aiming for is that slice of the market that wants to upgrade to Windows 7 but doesn't want to invest in new hardware. And in that regard, it may be a moderate success.

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