There’s no question that having a touch screen that responds to those things attached to your hand–your fingers!–is incredibly convenient. You learn to use your fingers pretty early on, and it feels natural and easy. Problem is, what do you do when you want a bit more of a fine point? I mean let’s face it: The end of your finger is pretty wide compared to, say, the ol’ #2 pencil. Back in the days before decent laptops and drawing tablets, an artist friend of mine described trying to draw using a computer mouse as “like trying to do figure studies using a bar of soap.” Not very tenable, in other words. And using your finger can be just as frustrating. Particularly if you have crappy small motor control like yours truly.
So what do you use on your tablet device, then? Do you keep plugging away using your finger and hoping for the best? Or do you try something new that, just maybe, has been designed to help with this very problem?
Anoto has been working on a bunch of digital writing tools, and now they’re pairing up with Panasonic. Their intention is to use Anoto’s technology to turn virtually any surface, including large formats, into a “live digital surface” in which the dot pattern is read by a digital pen and converted into computer-usable data. Sound interesting? Well then, you can check out Mr. Tsuga’s 2013 International CES Opening Keynote. And if you do, be sure to let us know what you think below!