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Wacom refreshes Bamboo tablet line-up

By dpreview staff on Sep 24, 2009 at 14:21 GMT

Wacom has refreshed its Bamboo line of interactive tablets to include multi-touch and gesture-based control. First up are the Bamboo for office users and Bamboo Fun aimed at photographers and artists. They use either a pen or a multi-touch option that allows finger gestures to zoom, flip and rotate documents and images. There is also a less-expensive touch-only model called the Bamboo Touch. Beyond these three core products Wacom has also launched regional models including Pen-only models.

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Announcing Bamboo second generation, the first interactive tablet combining multi-touch and pen input

Wacom Co. Ltd., announced today that Bamboo second generation will be available from October 3rd, 2009. The new consumer interactive tablet merges multi-touch functionality with pen tablet technology in a single device, providing a whole new interface for computer users. Bamboo ushers in a more intuitive, simple and inspiring way to work with computers.

  • Name of new models : Bamboo, Bamboo Touch, Bamboo Fun, and regional models of each global sales base.
  • Available date of new models : Beginning of October 2009. (October 3rd, 2009 in Japan)

Main features of new models : Merging pen and touch technology into one device brings the best of both worlds, making it even easier, quicker and more fun to use a computer. With Bamboo second generation, a simple tap with a finger on the digital pad will select an icon, open a menu or start an application.

In addition, a gesture using two fingers enables users to simply rotate an image or document, flip through a digital photo album or presentation, scroll through a blog or an Excel spread sheet and zoom in and out of a photo or map.

Bamboo is aimed at consumers who use computers as part of their digital lifestyle to communicate, share and create content. It enables anyone to be creative. It is the perfect tool for self-expression and personalization when producing everyday documents, presentations and blogs, or when communicating with friends, colleagues and family through social networking tools.

Bamboo Pen & Touch

Bamboo offers pen and multi-touch input in a single device and is ideal for consumers in the home office or workplace. It can be used to customize emails, letters, spreadsheets, presentations and documents with signatures, notes, doodles and scribbles. In addition, it simplifies navigating around the computer and the Internet.

Bamboo Touch
Bamboo Touch provides touch input only functions, the above mentioned intuitive, simple and inspiring experiences.

Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch
Bamboo Fun also combining pen and multi-touch input. It is a versatile device ideal for consumers who are 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.

Bamboo Art Master and other regional models of each global sales base
Please refer to the company website

Future development and effect on the financial forecast of new models Bamboo second generation will be available through most national electrical stores, computer stores, and our own online shop, “Wacom Store”. We aim to sell 1.5 million units worldwide within the 1st year after the product is launched.

At the same time, Wacom today announces to the press its multi-touch strategy, marking the company’s transition to becoming the leading computer interface organization - Bamboo second generation being the latest step in this strategy with the company’s first interactive tablet that merges multi-touch functionality with pen tablet technology in a single device.

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