[Athen] Wacom Bamboo Multi-Touch input tablet

Shelley Haven shelley at techpotential.net
Mon Oct 5 10:57:40 PDT 2009

Always on the lookout for alternative computer input methods, I came
across the just-announced Bamboo Touch, by Wacom. It's about the size
of their other graphic tablets which use a stylus, but this one
responds to multi-finger gestures like the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the
MacBook Pro's trackpad. It works with both PCs and Macs. The Bamboo
Touch reminds me of the iGesture Pad and Touchstream keyboards sold
many years ago by Fingerworks. (Apple acquired FingerWorks in 2005
specifically for their multitouch technology.)

An external multitouch pad like this opens up several possibilities
for disabled users since it can be placed closer to the user's trunk,
closer to midline, angled according to the user's needs, responds to a
light touch, does not require holding a stylus, and yet provides a
wider range of functions than other mouse alternatives and uses
intuitive gestures. It's also inexpensive -- only $69.

Here's a third-party review and a link to the Wacom site:

- Shelley

Shelley Haven ATP, RET
Assistive Technology Consultant
Shelley at TechPotential.net

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