Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Nov 2011 22:03 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Okay, I think we can all agree on the fact that while Microsoft's Surface machines might not be particularly useful for most of us, we all secretly want one, or something similar. Thanks to EXOPC, you'll now be able to: for $1299, you'll have a 40" multitouch interactive desk.
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Graphics tablet
by Neolander on Tue 22nd Nov 2011 07:20 UTC
Neolander
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Well, the reason I'd buy a graphics tablet anyway is input precision.

The core problem of every finger-based touchscreen since their introduction is that they have a ridiculously large pointer, do not allow you to see what you're doing, and give zero "hover" haptic feedback. In short, they only work if you're using software with gigantic-sized controls, and even then it's a waste of screen estate and hand movements.

To the contrary, like a real-world pen, a graphics tablet allows you to point and draw things with an absurdly large input resolution that only leaves your screen as a limitation to how precise you can get. You can draw whatever you want with slight movements of the wrist.

For serious graphics work, except as a voluntary artistic challenge ("say, how far can I get with nothing but an iPad ?"), finger-based touchscreens are probably an unnecessary hurdle.

Edited 2011-11-22 07:26 UTC

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