How the Beautiful Wacom Cintiq Touch Pen Display Was Born



As a designer by trade, I’ve always been fascinated with the convergence of paper and pixels. No other piece of technology in the world comes closer to merging paper and pixels as the Wacom Cintiq touch Pen Display. In the past, I’ve used many Wacom products from the lower-end Bamboo Stylus to the mid-range Intuos, but nothing makes me drool more than the Cintiq series of pen displays. Here to explain how this phenomenal top-of-the-line design tool was born is Scott Rawlings, Wacom’s VP of Marketing for the America’s region. Take it away Scott!

In the early days of Wacom, an engineer created a black and white pen display with a rudimentary monochromatic LCD panel. The early application was for improving input for intelligent systems that benefited from direct interaction. While I was on a trip to Japan headquarters, this product was demonstrated to me. At that time, I was hired to envision product roadmaps for Wacom and this product really energized me with what could be possible given the trajectory of LCD panels quickly evolving to replace CRTs (this was in the late 1990’s). I was also working closely with Bill Buxton at the time, who was a chief scientist at Alias|Wavefront, on two-handed input methodologies (Bill is now heading up research at Microsoft). Although the idea of combining touch came a little later, ...

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