NAVIsis demo pen computing solutions at CeBIT

Mar 17, 2007
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So you've bought into the Tablet PC lifestyle but you can't afford to buy an actual Tablet PC... or maybe you're wondering just how much you'd actually use the pen after a lifetime of mousing.  NAVIsis would rather like you to look to their add-on products, then, which promise to bring the joys of ink to your desktop or laptop.  They're at CeBIT showing off the LaptopTablet, a chunky little bar that clips to the side of your notebook's screen and monitors the position of a special pen, and that will work seamlessly with certain versions of Vista's inbuilt Tablet PC functionality.

NAVIsis LaptopTablet

Suitable for notebook screens up to 14.3-inches in size, and with a sampling resolution of around 400DPI, it means you can use ink annotation in Word and hand-drawn pictures in MSN Messenger.  NAVIsis also offer a TabletMouse product which is basically a desktop graphics tablet only without the platter, the NaviNote which clips to paper and tracks what you write, and the EZ-Canvas which can be used with desktop monitors up to 17-inches in size.

NAVIsis tablet add-ons

Connecting via USB and using ultrasonic and InfraRed to communicate with the pen (although wired versions are also available), the one big difference between the NAVIsis products and a Tablet PC-proper is pressure sensitivity.  Most active-screen Tablet PCs use Wacom's technology, which can differentiate between various levels of pressure and adjust the "flow" of ink accordingly.  That makes for realistic artwork and a more natural interaction. 

Still, with prices starting at just over £90 ($174) it's a far cheaper way to get started with pen computing than splashing out on a Tablet PC.

NAVIsis [photos by AVING]


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