- Graphics tablet-screen hybrid
A graphics tablet/screen hybrid (or tablet/LCD hybrid, Tablet LCD Monitor [http://www.usync.com.tw/ePage/Tablet_LCD/eTablet_17.htm USync's 17" Tablet LCD Monitor] ] ) is a
graphics tabletthat incorporates an LCDinto the tablet itself, allowing the user to draw directly on the display surface. It should not be confused with tablet pc hybrids.
Graphics tablet/screen hybrids offer advantages over both touch screens and ordinary tablets.Fact|date=March 2008 Unlike touch screens, they offer pressure sensitivity, and their resolution is generally higher.Fact|date=March 2008
While their pressure sensitivity and resolution are typically no better than those of ordinary tablets, they offer the additional advantage of directly seeing the location of the physical pen device relatively to the image on the screen. This often allows for increased accuracy and a more tactile, "real" feeling to the use of the device.Fact|date=March 2008
Wacomholds many patents on the key technologies for graphic tablets [http://www.patentgenius.com/assignee/WacomCoLtd.html Wacom patents] ] , which forces competitors to use other technologies or license Wacom's. The displays are typically very expensive, often selling for thousands of dollars. For instance, the Wacom Cintiq series ranges from just below $1000 to over $2000.
Some commercially available graphics tablet-screen hybrids include:
Wacoms Cintiq products
* Hitachis [http://starboard.hitachi-soft.com/jsp/hitachi/hitachisoft/icg/products/index_t.html Starboard] products
USyncs [http://www.usync.com.tw/ePage/main/eTablet.htm PenStar] products
There have also been
do it yourselfprojects where conventional used LCD monitors and graphics tablets have been converted to a graphics tablet-screen hybrid [http://www.bongofish.co.uk/wacom/wacom_pt1.html Bongofish's DIY tablet-screen hybrid] ] [http://forum.bongofish.co.uk/index.php?board=23.0 Other DIY tablet-screen hybrids from Bongofish's forum] ] .
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