The Apple iPad with its capacitive, finger-friendly touchscreen display may be the most successful consumer oriented tablet computer to date. But long-time tablet enthusiasts have one major complaint: You can’t use a digital pen or stylus with it. And that makes writing or drawing on the screen more difficult than it would be with a sharp-tipped pointing device.
A number of old school Windows tablets have shipped with active digitizers, which offer excellent support for writing and drawing, and which feature built-in handwriting recognition software. But with most major PC makers preparing to launch new low cost consumer tablets in the next year or so, we keep hearing about machines with capacitive touchscreens running Google Android, Palm WebOS, and other operating systems that weren’t really designed for handwriting.
Now The Examiner reports that HP’s upcoming tablet (which may be called the PalmPad), could have a screen with an active digitizer and support for a Wacom pen. The “insider” source says the tablet would also have a capacitive display, which means it should recognize multitouch finger gestures as well.
This all sounds like a winning combination for the upcoming WebOS tablet. But I have to wonder what it means for the price. I also wonder if there are enough stylus fans out there to make this product a success. I’m sold on the idea that a stylus is mightier than a finger for many activities, but a lot of folks really seem to think that stylus input went out of fashion with the original Palm Pilot. Or maybe they just lost their stylus when they lost their original Palm Pilot.
via Pre Central