Wacom’s latest smartpads marry pen and paper with digital notes


Despite the many high-tech devices on display here at IFA, sometimes all you want is a pen and paper to jot down notes or draw a quick sketch. Still, there’s no reason not to marry ink and tech, which is the driving idea behind Wacom’s latest line of smartpads that let you capture handwritten notes in digital form. The company’s done this before with the Bamboo Spark, but the latest Slate and Folio options provide different styles for the discerning dead tree aficionado.

The Slate is a simple standalone notepad while the Folio is a more professional option complete with integrated cover and slots for business cards. The Slate and the Folio are essentially equipped with electromagnetic resonance (EMR) tech. Put any piece of paper on the surface, and you’ll be able to transfer all your ink-stained scribbles to Wacom’s Inkspace app. You can either draw it in “live mode,” which essentially lets you capture the notes in real-time, or simply press a button on the hardware to sync it later. Not any pen will do however, as you’ll need a special Wacom pen filled with Wacom’s digital ink in order for the whole thing to work.

Wacom’s latest smartpads marry pen and paper with digital notes