Hands-on with Wacom’s new Bamboo stylus for Apple iPad

“Wacom have revealed their Bamboo stylus, which brings their tablet-drawing heritage to the tablet leader, the iPad,” Mat Smith reports for Recombu.

“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,” Smith reports. “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.”

Smith reports, “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… The Wacom Bamboo Stylus is set to cost £24.99.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

11 Comments

    1. I hope you’re not being serious, lol. Just in case: Bamboo is the name, not the materials involved. They have have a consumer level line of wacom tablets called bamboo’s – that’s where the name comes from.

    1. You have that backwards. We should be asking when Apple will release a model that goes after the 60″ 1.5 ton table-tablet market: iBAT (big-ass table).

  1. I’m excited to see it in action and also for some apps that do handwriting recognition – especially recognizing handwritten markup of PDF and office documents. iPad’s “cannibalization” potential over print/paper is even bigger than it is over laptops, and natural, handwritten note-taking is essential to that part of the market. It won’t be fully here for another 5 or ten years, but at long fsking last that paperless office is coming.

  2. The reviewer doesn’t explicitly say anything about the stylus’s grip (or lack thereof) on the smooth glass surface of the iPad. Since the ball end of the stylus is aparently flexible, it’s a shame that it’s not pressure sensitive.

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