Wacom announces a new tablet stylus that can also write on paper

by Doug Drinkwater

April 12 2012

Wacom's Bamboo Stylus duo is due to launch in May
Wacom's Bamboo Stylus duo is due to launch in May

Wacom Europe took to the UK’s Gadget Show this week to launch a new multi-purpose tablet stylus and to show off its updated Bamboo Paper notebook tablet app.

Wacom revealed that new Bamboo Stylus duo stylus works on both iPad and Android tablets, and has a capacitive pen tip for on-screen input at one end, with a ball-point ink pen at the other for taking more traditional paper-based notes. Wacom plans to sell the stylus for a rather pricey £34.90 - approximately $55.50 - including VAT from next month.

TabTimes also got the chance to play around with the upgraded Bamboo Paper notebook app (version 1.6) at the show, and while it is not wholly different from the original free version, it now allows users to add images to notes, lock down notebooks with a passcode and set notes to be read-only.

Wacom also claims to have added an expanded library view of notebooks to the app, and says that it has improved the interface for note-taking in landscape mode, to make it easier for those left-handed users. The only downside of these new changes is that the full version, available now for both iPad and Android tablets, will now cost $1.99, although the firm says that the app is free until 30th June.

Wacom is the company behind the interactive Bamboo-branded pens and the Bamboo, Intuos4, and Cintiq graphic tablets, and recently revealed that the Bamboo Paper app has been downloaded over 2.5 million times on Apple's iPad.

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