Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has shown an interesting new stylus technology at Computex 2013.
Namely, the Nvidia official has demonstrated how a non-digitizer stylus can be used to perform actions normally only possible with a digitizer one – such as the S Pen used with Samsung Galaxy Note devices and made by Wacom (a company in which Samsung has bought a stake).
Using a Tegra 4-powered 7-inch tablet, Huang has used a normal stylus to draw and write at different levels of thickness, depending on the pressure he was applying, as you can see in the image below. Furthermore, he showed that the bottom of the stylus could even perform as an eraser.
According to Engadget, sensitivity was excellent, giving a lot of hope for the technology’s future.
Nvidia says that the innovation should help save on battery life and also promises to detect curved lines in a better fashion. The technology will only work on Nvidia’s own Tegra 4 hardware, combined with its DirectTouch technology. The latter moves some of the load of processing the touch input from the controller to the processor.
Unfortunately, the company hasn’t mentioned yet when we’ll see the new technology in a commercial product.
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The only question I have upon reading this is, what OEM is producing a 7″ Tegra 4 tablet? The only one I’ve heard of is the WikiPad gaming device, but the one he’s holding looks nothing like it. Granted it could be just an Nvidia reference device, but it looks an awful lot like an HTC, or (fingers crossed) is it the Nexus 7(2) unicorn that should be release and week now?
The WikiPad features a Tegra 3 not a Tegra 4.
Toshiba has two really sweet 10 inch tablets about to be released running the tegra 4 chip 2gigs ram and 1600p screens one of which has a wacom digitizer and stylus.
And how expensive were they again? A thousand dollars or something?
$500 and $600
Yeah that’s a much better price. Not sure what I was thinking of, they had a $999 tablet and a $1399 tablet/ultrabook. Anyone know what I was thinking of coz I sure as hell can’t find it anymore???
Honestly, I wouldn’t mind paying 800+ for that kind of specs.
Wacom digitizers are anything but chip-even OEM boards. New processor and screen can’t hurt either.