Wacom Smart Writer @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Ever feel like the touch screen on your iPad just isn’t accurate enough to write on, draw on, or to capture those inspirational moments? The Smart Writer from Wacon solves this. Draw or write what you need on normal paper, then when you’re done, just hit the transfer button and it’s instantly transferred to the app. Make a mistake? Not a problem! The app allows you to wind back the time line and even split the timeline into multiple files, load them in editing software, detect the text and move it to a doc, send to pdf and so much more.

I tested it out and the accuracy was simply amazing. This is going to be great for artist, people who like to score music, taking minutes in meetings and so much more.

The whol eunit is quite slim and comes in the form of a stylish carry case for your iPad, and best of all, it can be used with any normal pen!

If you need to recharge it, simply hook up a microUSB and you’re good to go.

Toshiba Introduced Encore 2 Write Tablets with Precision Pen

Toshiba announced the new Encore 2 Write tablets with a pressure sensitive pen and ultra-responsive screen for a more paper-like precision. The tablets are powered by Windows 8.1 and the pens are made with Wacom’s latest feel pen technologies.

“Whether you’re a compulsive scribbler, sketch artist or simply prefer handwriting notes in meetings, this tablet features technologies that make writing on screen feel more natural than ever. And because it’s a Windows tablet, it’s compatible with your favorite Office programs and apps, so you can get going right out of the box,” said Philip Osako, senior director of product marketing, Toshiba America

The 8-inch and 10.1-inch tablets are powered by a Intel Atom quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Network is covered by dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi and support for wireless display right out of the box. The bigger model also has a micro HDMI port for direct connection.

The tablets offer up to an 11-hour battery life for general usage and up to 8 hours of video playback. The built in stereo speakers support Dolby Digital Plus, so several movies in a row shouldn’t be a problem. It also has GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope and e-compass, a micro USB 2.0 port for power, sync and sharing, and supports microSD cards up to 128GB.


Toshiba’s TruPen that is included, is a “pro-grade” pen with a fine tip and 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity. This enables sharp strokes while minimizing lag for greater precision and accuracy. It is said to “virtually feels as natural as writing on paper”.

You’ll also get a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal and with unlimited storage through OneDrive. It also comes with a couple Toshiba apps for better photo capturing, recording meetings and taking notes.

The Encore 2 Write tablets should be available for purchase now at select retailers, including Microsoft Stores and on toshiba.com/us. The 10.1-inch Encore 2 Write is priced at $399.99 and the 8-inch model is priced at $349.99 MSRP.

Thanks to Toshiba for providing us with this information

Windows 8.1 Reported To Break Stylus Functionality On Some Surface Pro Tablets

According to murmurings on the Microsoft community forums the Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 upgrade on first generation Surface Pro tablets is causing problems with the Wacom stylus pen, as if the huge problems experienced with the Windows 8.1 RT update weren’t enough.

The issue is with the Wacom stylus being totally unrecognised and it comes after installing the Windows 8.1 update, no universal workaround has been proposed so far. A Microsoft engineer has suggested a full power off and power on might fix the problem but for most this doesn’t seem to have worked.

Downloading the latest Wacom Stylus tablet drivers for Windows 8.1 (7.1.2-9) should fix the problem for most people but if it doesn’t then you’re advised to contact Microsoft’s support teams for further options.

Image courtesy of Microsoft