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Wacom iPad stylus unveiled: We get drawing with the Bamboo Stylus

Wacom have revealed their Bamboo stylus, which brings their tablet-drawing heritage to the tablet leader, the iPad. The addition of a high quality stylus may keep people on  iPads- who needs the HTC Flyer and its accompanying stylus?

We managed to grab some exclusive hands-on time with the stylus at the Gadget Show Live earlier this week, and it’s a nice piece of kit.

The pen is designed specifically for the iPad’s capacitive screen, and looks set to give you the precision and speed of pen-based note-taking, drawing and photo defacing.

The Bamboo Stylus itself has a proper weight to it, like an expensive fountain pen, and really embarrasses other styli we’ve played with in the past- it’s certainly no lump of cheap plastic.

The stylus itself weighs 20g, is 120mm long and is set to arrive in May, alongside several apps specifically designed to get your pen-based creative juices flowing.

We spent a few minutes drawing with the an art app, with several paint effects, giving a realistic colour drain from that paint roller, or rich oil-paint textures. Your masterpieces can then be transferred or emailed, though we were told that the apps were still in development to make the most of the stylus A few glitches were visible as we drew on the iPad, picking up the base of our palm occasionally.  (UPDATE: The app is ArtRage, already available on iTunes.)

There was also a nice note-taking app for speedy handwritten notes. It’s certainly much faster and natural than finger-tip hand-writing.

Wacom promise that their stylus will also work with other capacitive screen tablets, so if you’re an Android Tablet owner, this stylus will be compatible.

The Wacom Bamboo Stylus is set to cost £24.99. Click through for some hands-on photos of the Bamboo Stylus, and the painting app in action.

Another find at the Gadget Show live; we also had some time with officially the world’s lightest touchscreen phone. It’s tiny.

The “satin-textured metal body” ends in a rubbery tip. We presume it’s some sort of advanced plastic composite, but it acts like a squidy ball. Wacom told us the smallest area the tip creates is 6mm, the limit that the iPad’s surface can sense.

Here’s a drawing done by the guys at the Wacom stand. File options are found at thebottom of the screen, with tabs opening in the bottom left and right corners for tool and colour selection

We took a close-up photo of the picture so you can see the complex textures on some of the paint effects. Imagine what it’d look like at higher resolutions…

Tool selection. We’ve chosen the airbrush at this point, circled at the bottom, but there’s plenty of other effects to play around with. It’ll be interesting to see how the stylus gets used alongside the recently announced Adobe Photoshop apps.


Colour selection. Like any sort of drawing or photo-editing app or program, it’s easily to select the colours you’re after.


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