New Capacitive Stylus from Wacom


Just saw this little post on Engadget.com. Apparently, Wacom has just released a BAMBOO stylus made for capacitive screen devices. Don’t get your hopes up just yet. If you were hoping to turn your favorite digital sketching platform in a pressure sensitive sketching machine, You’re out of luck. The sylus seems to add no additional capability to existing devices to detect pressure sensitivity to give you sexy lines when sketching. So for now, you’ll have to fake it. I’m holding out for the MORE/REAL Stylus I pitching in for over at kickstarter. If anyone picks one of these up, send us a review and we’ll throw up some insight.  Oh, and if you don’t have an iPad, the pen should work on pretty much any capacitive touch screen.

Wacom announces capacitive stylus to replace puny human fingers — Engadget.

  • Ultimatum

    I heard a rumor that this is the first one of a line up and that there will be a bluetooth version with pressure support

  • N Au

    If you guys have only used the Pogo stylus, you really ought to try the one from Targus. Which is the same as the one from Griffin. This new stylus from Wacom looks like it has the same rubber tip the Targus has.

    I use the Targus now and it’s much better then the Pogo in terms of accuracy and ease of gliding across the screen. I’ll probably try this one from Wacom too.

    This is pretty exciting news.

    Until it comes out, there’s a great stylus from Targus that can be had for under $20 at Best Buy. I would highly recommend it. My speed improved because I could predict where my lines will go when the tip came into contact with the iPad screen. The tip keeps it shape too. And it slides great, you don’t have to press as hard as you do with the Pogo where that stylus tip is mushy. While not as good as using my Cintiq, I could make quick strokes and get great line quality.

    If the Wacom is the same rubber tip, it could be quite good. I’m looking forward to try it!

    If Wacom does do a bluetooth stylus, which I highly doubt, it would be worth the cost to try if it’s $50 to $60.

  • Marcel P

    If the iPad had MS Office, ability to play flash, Solidworks, Photoshop, and other programs i use daily then i would definitely get one. Unfortunately this won’t happen for a long time, if ever. Ill save up some extra bucks and by a Asus eee slate, which runs windows 7, and has a Wacom digitizer, seems like a much better deal when you are looking for something more like a laptop replacement, like me.

  • Scotty

    I recently just purchased a Cintiq 12WX and because of my current income this was a MAJOR setback for me but I wanted to make this purchase because I truly want to grow as a designer and do everything I can to improve my skill set. HOWEVER, I can’t help but think how nice it would have been to own an iPad instead (for half the price), casually finger flipping through my apps etc… I keep justifying this to myself as I made a move toward a career and not a distraction but now I see the Bamboo Stylus for the iPad. I know it is not too late to return my Cintiq. I will probably never completely sketch on Cintiq and mostly use it rendering over my pen sketches on paper scanned in. Does anyone have an opinion on the level of accuracy I would be able to get with the Sketchbook app and this Stylus on an iPad rendering wise, I know the sensitivity will not fully be there but I mean I don’t even have enough cash left over to buy Sketchbook for my Mac let alone the Ipad version is a mere ten dollars. Will Cintiqs still rule in the future or should I use my time and money toward this Stylus with an iPad. Any advice would be so greatly appreciated.

    • Richard

      I just got an ipad 2 with the alupen, and it is an amazing leap forward over the pogo stylus. I originally sold my ipad a while ago now as the solution then was weak.

      These new styli coming through are much more effective to draw with, of course without pressure sensitivity.

      I currently use sketchbookpro and adobe ideas and am so far really happy with the ipad2. It is just that margin of improvement over the original that make it right for me now.

      Of course it will not compete with a cintiq on accuracey etc. but for me with my sketching and basic rendering it is near perfect.

      In addition, the covers allow for a perfect horizontal set up for sketching !!! Love it.

  • Mark M

    I saw this stylus that is designed specially for the iPad that is similar to the stylus described above. Has a novel way to ensure you don’t lose it also. http://www.fundit.ie/project/the-maglus–a-magnetic-stylus-for-ipad.

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