updated 11:20 am EDT, Fri April 15, 2005
Bluetooth pen tablet
Wacom Technology today announced the first Wacom pen tablet to incorporate Bluetooth wireless technology. The new offers a 6" x 8" active area, Wacom's patented cordless, battery-free pen technology, 512 levels of pressure sensitivity, and more. The Wacom Graphire pen provides a natural and controlled way to retouch and edit digital photos and create original art and a built-in eraser makes it easy to quickly fix mistakes. The Graphire Bluetooth tablet features a rechargeable lithium polymer battery that provides up to 25 hours of wireless freedom between charges. An included 12-foot universal power adapter makes it convenient to use the tablet while the battery is charging. It is available now for $250.
Graphire Bluetooth incorporates two on-tablet programmable buttons called ExpressKeys, which are designed to optimize workflow by providing quick access to commonly used modifiers, mouse-clicks, and keystrokes. Graphire Bluetooth users can also annotate documents in such programs as Adobe Acrobat, Apple Inkwell, Microsoft Office PowerPoint, and more. The company also says that the tablet can work up to 30 feet away from its host computer.
"Photo and art enthusiasts are attracted to the intuitive nature and overall artistic experience offered by Graphire Bluetooth," said Mark Mehall, Senior Product Manager with Wacom. "Combining our pen technology with Bluetooth wireless technology provides photo and digital art enthusiasts the flexibility and freedom to comfortably move about as they edit their digital photos and create digital art."
Graphire Bluetooth ships with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 to quickly and easily edit digital photos and create original artwork; Corel's Painter Essentials 2 to create natural media art and organic effects; and Color Efex Pro 2 GE to selectively apply photographic enhancements.