Anyone that works with Photoshop, or Illustrator probably lusts after the Wacom Cintiq tablets. I think I am one of the few that isn’t really into it that much. I think my problem with the Cintiq has more to due with the heat of the surface, and the slight separation of the stylus tip from the pixel more than anything else. I know, they are dumb excuses. There is a tablet/touch screen that I have been following for awhile now. Perceptive Pixel’s new Active Stylus combined with one of their displays. I think the reason I like what I am seeing so much, is the fact that it combines the best of multitouch, with the precise control you get from a stylus when drawing or painting.
The active stylus functions much like a Wacom stylus on the Cintiq, allowing you to sketch, paint, design, draw and brainstorm on the projected capacitive screen. You get great sub-pixel precision plus gesture control, similar to something like the iPad, or Microsoft’s surface tables. Watch the video at this link, and you’ll get a better idea of what I mean.
The display is supposed to be able to detect an unlimited number of fingers and up to four simultaneous stylus inputs, using patented controller technology that differentiates stylus tips from finger tips. This is supposed to eliminate false touches and inputs. The whole idea of unlimited inputs combined with a larger 82 inch Perceptive Pixel display could be brainstorming gone wild. Something I kind of like the idea of. Another great feature, and one I wish my iPad had is the displays ability to recognize and ignores palm or forearm touch input. This allows you to rest your hand comfortably on the screen as you write or draw in a more natural position.