April 16, 2005 Wacom has announced its first pen tablet to incorporate Bluetooth wireless technology will be a member of Graphire pen tablet family. Mobile office workers, educators and aspiring digital artists will also appreciate the new device and the ability to work where and when they want. The new model, named Graphire Bluetooth, incorporates Wacom's cordless, battery-free pen and mouse and is available immediately, offering a 6" x 8" active area and is priced at US$249.99.
"Photo and art enthusiasts are attracted to the intuitive nature and overall artistic experience offered by Graphire Bluetooth," said Mark Mehall, Senior Product Manager with Wacom. "Combining our pen technology with Bluetooth wireless technology provides photo and digital art enthusiasts the flexibility and freedom to comfortably move about as they edit their digital photos and create digital art."
Cordless and Wireless - A Winning Combination
Wacom's patented cordless, battery-free pen technology works harmoniously with Bluetooth wireless technology to create a leading-edge environment for digital imaging fun. The Wacom pen looks and feels like a regular pen and operates without batteries or cords. Additionally, with 512 levels of pressure sensitivity, a Wacom Graphire pen provides a natural and controlled way to retouch and edit digital photos and create original art. A built-in eraser even makes it easy to quickly fix mistakes.
The Graphire Bluetooth tablet features a rechargeable lithium polymer battery that provides up to 25 hours of wireless freedom between charges. A 12-foot cable on the universal power adapter makes it convenient to use the tablet while the battery is charging. Estimated recharge time is 5 to 6 hours. The universal power adapter accepts 110 and 220 volts for use virtually anywhere in the world.
More Graphire Bluetooth Features
Graphire Bluetooth incorporates two on-tablet programmable buttons called ExpressKeys which are designed to optimise workflow by providing quick access to commonly used modifiers, mouse-clicks, and keystrokes.
Graphire Bluetooth users will also appreciate the ability to use their Graphire pen to naturally annotate documents in such programs as Adobe Acrobat, Apple Inkwell, Microsoft Office PowerPoint, OneNote or EverNote for Windows.