Wacom to Make Multi-Touch Tablet

Wacom to Make Multi-Touch Tablet

If you are anything like me your Wacom tablet is nearly indispensable in your creative process. I would even go so far as to say that for me personally I could never use another device for sketching or painting on a computer. When the painting apps for the iPad started surfacing I got excited, hoping that it would be a portable version of what I had loved for 10 years already. Sadly the lack of real pressure sensitivity jaded me pretty quickly and I haven't come across a solution yet that I felt satisfied with.

But there's hope on the horizon! Wacom announced on their facebook page that they are working on their own mobile tablet, which will launch this summer.

There aren't a lot of details yet, they've just said:

"We’ve heard you shouting out loud for a Wacom mobile tablet for creative uses. Well… we’re listening. We’ve read your email and spoken to many about an on-the-go dream device. It will come. This summer. We’re working 24/7 on it. And yes, it has a real pressure-sensitive professional pen, smooth multi-touch, an HD display, and other valuable features that you haven’t seen in other tablets."


Of course there are still a lot of questions, like: What OS will it run? Will it connect to a desktop? What price point will they come in at?

Hopefully these questions will be answered sooner than summertime, I'm really excited about this one.

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W van de Kletersteeg's picture

Sounds interesting. I would like to know how they combine the touch features with using the pen on the tablet. Because when using the pen one always rests the base of their hand onto the surface of the tablet, which makes it register touches. This is why I never ever use the touch feature on my cheap ass Wacom Bamboo. It sucks.

I run into the same issues on my Intous5. 

It's called palm rejection and it's already on most pen enabled devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro and some of the HTC devices with Scribe (like the Flyer and the EVO).

I used to have a HP laptop with touch capabilities and wacom pen. When the system sensed that you where using the pen, it turned the touch controls off. It seams this is a software solution that works. Can't imagine why wacom do not use this on their own drivers, but maybe they will on the tablet.

mikael johansen's picture

YES! :D Looking forward to it!

If they do this right, it will be a required device in all art schools around the world.  I hope they do it right! If apple put wacom guts in the ipad and a real pen with pressure sensitivity, it would be the perfect device.  I got excited about the galaxy note 10 because of their "pressure sensitivity", apparently it has wacom guts inside it but it's just not the same, it seems like an afterthought.  Oh please please please do it right wacom!  =)

Nice move! However, I wonder how that is different from the Samsung Ativ or the MS Surface Pro. Both of these already have a Wacom digitizer in their screen...

Imagine the tethering possibilities with this...

I used to think very highly of Wacom... then I bought an Inkling. They are very capable of selling bad stuff, apparently.

I have heard really good things about the Microsoft surface Pro and its Wacom tech in the system. Sources: http://www.penny-arcade.com/2013/02/25/the-ms-surface-pro

I LOVE my Surface Pro (although 8gb memory would have been nicer).  The pen however does not register pressure in Photoshop and both Adobe and Microsoft are playing the blame game.  Other apps however do recognize the pressure sensitivity so I'm blaming Adobe until I see evidence to the contrary.

I hope they don't price it like their screens.