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Wacom Co., Ltd.
Native name
株式会社ワコム
Romanized name
Kabushiki gaisha Wakomu
Type Public ( Kabushiki gaisha )
TYO: 6727
Industry Computer input devices and software
FoundedJuly 12, 1983;38 years ago (1983-07-12) in Ageo, Saitama, Japan
Headquarters,
Japan
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Nobutaka (Nobu) Ide
(President & CEO) [1]
ProductsBamboo, Intuos, Cintiq, MobileStudio Pro, PenPartner, Volito, Graphire
RevenueIncrease2.svg¥74.557 billion (2015) [2]
Increase2.svg¥14.400 billion (2015) [2]
Increase2.svg¥9.800 billion (2015) [2]
Total assets Increase2.svg¥51.457 billion (2015) [2]
Number of employees
Consolidated: 1,072
Non-consolidated: 474
(2015) [2]
Website wacom.com

Wacom Co., Ltd. (株式会社ワコム, Kabushiki gaisha Wakomu) ( /ˈwɑːkəm/ ) is a Japanese company headquartered in Kazo, Saitama, Japan, that specializes in graphics tablets and related products.

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Headquarters locations

The American headquarters are located in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon, [3]

Functionality

Wacom tablet functionality was used in the screen of the Compaq Concerto computer in 1992, making it an early tablet computer. In 1991, Wacom chips were used in the Samsung Penmaster tablet computer which was also sold as the GridPad SL by Grid Systems. The Penmaster had an early precursor to Samsung's S Pen, known today for its inclusion in the Galaxy Note line of phones, which also use Wacom's technology to power the S Pen, since its conception with the Galaxy Note line of phones in 2011. [4]

Product lines

Intuos

Wacom Intuos pen & touch M (CTH-680) graphics tablet Wacom Intuos pen & touch M.jpg
Wacom Intuos pen & touch M (CTH-680) graphics tablet

2018 models feature 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity and a resolution of 2540 lines per inch [5] [6] [7] [8]  (1000 lines/cm). Each of the models have a 5.8 × 3.6 in (14.7 × 9.2 cm) active surface area, a weight of 290 ±50g, and 4 control buttons.

In the Americas and Europe, four models are available in 2018: Intuos Draw, Intuos Art, Intuos Photo, and Intuos Comic. [9]

Accessories

Wacom's Wireless Accessory Kit is a USB dongle and adapter which allows all Intuos tablet Models connect to a computer wirelessly. This kit is compatible with certain models. It did not work with the 2011 Bamboo Splash, Bamboo Connect or Bamboo Pen models. [10]

Drivers

The Linux Wacom Project produced drivers for Linux/X11. According to Peter Hutterer in his XDC2016 talk, Wacom has 3 Linux kernel developers (Ping Cheng, Jason Gerecke and Aaron Skomra) working full-time on Linux support. [11]

Durability

Several Wacom models, including the Intuos4 and Bamboo, were criticized for the drawing surface's roughness, which caused the small pressure-sensitive 'nib' to wear down, and become slanted or scratchy in the same way as pencil lead, albeit more slowly. This could also cause the surface to become smoother where it is used more, resulting in uneven slick and non-slick areas. As the nibs were only short lengths of plastic, it was possible for a user wanting a more durable nib to improvise a replacement from a short length of nylon 'wire' (approx 0.065 inches or 1.7mm diameter) like that found in grass trimmer or 'weed-eater' refills, suitably straightened by hand and smoothed (rounded off) at one end with abrasive paper. Additionally, a thin sheet of glass or acetate can be placed over the drawing surface to avert surface or nib damage in the same way as screen protectors are used on phones, although in the case of glass this may induce a—usually modest—parallax error when tracing. [12] [13]

The Intuos4 surface sheet was revised in October 2010 to reduce nib wear. Wacom Europe sells a bundle that includes the revised surface sheet and replacement nibs at a reduced price for installation in existing Intuos4 tablets.[ citation needed ]

Drivers

ThinkyHead Software published the free TabletMagic [14] driver package. TabletMagic is a driver for discontinued serial-port Wacom tablets for use on modern Apple Macintosh computers under the Mac OS X operating system. A USB-to-serial port adapter is required. (OS X open source drivers for many such adapters are available from Source Forge.) [15]

Technology

Wacom tablets use patented electromagnetic resonance technology called "Electro Magnetic Resonance" ("EMR"). [16] [17]

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References

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