Wacom sort of announced the Bamboo Stylus a few days back at a European event which left us here across the Pond feeling a bit left out. Our European friends and foes found out that the upcoming stylus was hitting retailers next month for £25, which works out to be an expensive $41 USD. Good news — well, for some. The Bamboo Stylus is hitting American stores for a much more modest $30 sometime in May. Now hopefully *fingers-crossed* this touchscreen stylus will actually be worth its price tag.
VANCOUVER, Wash., April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Drawing on its experience and pedigree achieved through the development of professional and consumer pen tablets and interactive pen displays, Wacom® today announces Bamboo™ Stylus, a new input device created specifically for use with the Apple® iPad®. Bamboo Stylus offers an intuitive and natural way to experience note-taking, sketching, drawing, and other forms of creative expression on the iPad.
A Stylus with Style
The authentic and satisfying feel of the Bamboo Stylus is achieved through subtle design elements, such as a sophisticated black and silver design with satin-textured metal body and balanced weighting. The tip of the stylus is 25 percent narrower (6mm vs. 8mm) in diameter than some of the other most popular solutions on the market today. Combining ergonomic comfort and a firmer feel, the Bamboo Stylus offers a premium digital inking experience for handwriting notes, highlighting text, editing documents, drawing, sketching and much more.
“A great deal of thought went into the look, feel and weight of the stylus,” said Rick Peterson, Director of Consumer Brands at Wacom Technology Services, Corp. in Vancouver, Washington. “We want users to take pride in owning a Bamboo Stylus for its quality craftsmanship and input capabilities as well as its stylish looks.”
Right Time for the “Write” Tool
While touch is the primary input method for the iPad, the stylus has definitely found its place among users, enriching the way they interact with the iPad. The additional functionality of the Bamboo Stylus brings a more accurate and precise way to take notes in meetings and classroom settings, or to sketch out rough ideas while on the go. For example, users can improve their input experience with numerous applications developed for iPad, such as Penultimate™ for note-taking and Autodesk® SketchBook® Mobile for sketching needs.
“The stylus can perform creative tasks that our fingers and touch displays are just not built to handle well,” Peterson said. “Users will find that the new Bamboo Stylus provides the accurate pointing and inking requirements they need to supplement touch input.”
Bamboo Stylus Availability and Pricing
Bamboo Stylus ($29.99 USD) is expected to be available in mid-May at many national consumer electronic retail outlets. Online shoppers will be able to find Bamboo Stylus at Amazon or at Wacom’s online store.