Wacom’s Bamboo Slate and Folio: Digital Notepads Made Affordable

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Introduction

Amidst the technological advancements showcased at IFA 2023, Lenovo’s Yoga Book introduced a captivating digital notepad feature that seamlessly digitized analog scribbles. However, this innovation is not exclusive to the Yoga Book; Wacom, the renowned pen technology pioneer, now offers the same functionality through its Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio notepads at a more accessible price point.

Features and Functionality

Emulating the Yoga Book’s digitizing capabilities, the Bamboo Slate and Folio seamlessly convert physical notes and sketches into digital form. Simply insert a standard pad of paper into the touch panel and start writing or drawing with Wacom’s modified pen, which utilizes actual ink for a natural writing experience. The notes are instantaneously digitized on the screen, enabling users to capture and share their ideas effortlessly.

Bamboo Slate

  • Available as a single A5 or A4 panel
  • Compact and lightweight design

Bamboo Folio

  • A folding A4 envelope design
  • Additional slots for documents and business cards
  • Bulkier and less portable than the Slate

Inkspace App and Export Options

All digitized notes, doodles, and scribbles are stored in Wacom’s Inkspace mobile app (iOS and Android), which provides 5GB of complimentary cloud storage. Users can export their creations in various formats, including JPG, PNG, and PDF, and seamlessly share them with other services such as Dropbox, OneNote, and Evernote. However, for advanced features like digital text conversion, users must subscribe to Inkspace Plus.

Upon purchasing a Bamboo Slate or Folio, users receive a three-month free trial of Inkspace Plus. The subscription fee is $2.99 per month and unlocks additional cloud storage of up to 50GB.

Pricing and Availability

The A5 Bamboo Slate is priced at $129.95, while the A4 Slate retails for $149.95. The more comprehensive A4 Bamboo Folio costs $199.95. The notepads are available for purchase directly from Wacom. Notepads and accessories are sold separately.

Author

Dr. Emily Carter, PhD in Computer Science, is an expert in digital note-taking technologies.

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