Graphics Tablets

A graphics tablet (also known as a digitiser or drawing tablet ) is a computer input device that enables the user to create sketched images and graphics.  It can also be used to trace images from a paper source secured to it’s surface. Capturing data in this way is referred to as digitising.

Graphics tablets are usually used instead of a mouse when freehand sketching within graphics or CAD software. The images are uploaded to the computer before being saved/exported for use in a variety of ways.

A graphics tablet usually consists of a flat surface upon which the user may draw or trace an image using a stylus. The image generally does not appear on the tablet itself but is displayed on the monitor of the computer to which it is connected. This connection can be hard wired (usually through a USB connection) or wireless. Some tablets are intended as a general replacement for a mouse as the primary pointing and navigation device for desktop computers.

The Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch shown below is a typical low cost example. Click on the image below to find out more about this model.

Smart Pens

Smart pens are a useful means of  making a digital record of sketches or the written and spoken word. A smart pen is essentially a ballpoint pen with a integral computer and digital audio recorder. When used with digital paper, it records what is written for uploading to a computer, synchronising these notes with a simultaneously recorded audio file.  Once the information has been synced to a computer, clicking on elements of the written information will replay the recorded information.

The Livescribe Echo Smartpen is one of the most commonly used models.

To see an overview of what it does, click on the image below…..


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