At the Seybold conference for publishing industry professionals, Wacom introduced a 1.5-inch thick video display tablet that lets users navigate, draw, and manipulate graphic information and view the changes on the tablet.
The PL-300 LCD Display Tablet is essentially a 10.4-inch active matrix display much like one finds in notebook computers, except an electronic cordless pen is used to input information by writing on the display. The pen is pressure-sensitive, meaning that lines can be made thicker or darker by pressing down; the pen also has an "eraser" for correcting mistakes or lightening drawings.
Wacom says the 800-by-600-pixel color display offers twice the resolution of a mouse input, allowing graphic artists and others to input information with greater accuracy. The company says other markets possibly needing a new input interface include medicine, financial, and industrial applications where signature capture and handwriting recognition are needed.
Futuristic technology comes at a price, though. The tablet is priced at $2,699 and is currently available in the U.S. and Canada in limited quantities.