Wacom Co., Ltd. (株式会社ワコム, Kabushiki gaisha Wakomu) (/ˈwɑːkəm/) is a Japanese company headquartered in Kazo, Saitama, Japan, that specializes in manufacturing graphics tablets and related products.[3]

Wacom Co., Ltd.
Native name
株式会社ワコム
Kabushiki gaisha Wakomu
TypePublic (Kabushiki gaisha)
TYO: 6727
IndustryComputer input devices and software
FoundedJuly 12, 1983; 39 years ago (1983-07-12) in Ageo, Saitama, Japan
Headquarters,
Japan
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Nobutaka (Nobu) Ide
(President & CEO)[1]
ProductsBamboo, Intuos, Cintiq, MobileStudio Pro, PenPartner, Volito, Graphire
RevenueIncrease ¥74.557 billion (2015)[2]
Increase ¥14.400 billion (2015)[2]
Increase ¥9.800 billion (2015)[2]
Total assetsIncrease ¥51.457 billion (2015)[2]
Number of employees
Consolidated: 1,072
Non-consolidated: 474
(2015)[2]
WebsiteOfficial website

Headquarters locationsEdit

The main headquarters are located in Kazo, Saitama, Japan. Its office in the USA is currently located in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon. The European headquarters is located in the Media Harbour in Dusseldorf, Germany.

FunctionalityEdit

Wacom tablet functionality was used in the screen of the Compaq Concerto computer in 1992, making it an early tablet computer. In 1991, Wacom chips were used in the Samsung Penmaster tablet computer which was also sold as the GridPad SL by Grid Systems. The Penmaster had an early precursor to Samsung S Pen.

IntuosEdit

 
Wacom Intuos pen & touch M (CTH-680) graphics tablet

2018 models feature 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity and a resolution of 2540 lines per inch.[4][5][6][7]

In the Americas and Europe, four models are available in 2018: Intuos Draw, Intuos Art, Intuos Photo, and Intuos Comic.[8]

AccessoriesEdit

Wacom's Wireless Accessory Kit is a USB dongle and adapter which allows all Intuos tablet Models connect to a computer wirelessly. This kit is compatible with certain models.

The Linux Wacom Project produced drivers for Linux/X11.[9]

DurabilityEdit

Several Wacom models, including the Intuos4 and Bamboo, were criticized for the drawing surface's roughness, which caused the small pressure-sensitive 'nib' to wear down, and become slanted or scratchy.

[10]The Intuos4 surface sheet was revised in October 2010 to reduce nib wear.[citation needed]

DriversEdit

In 2011 Thinkyhead published a free driver called TabletMagic.[11] It is an open source driver for discontinued serial Wacom tablets for use on modern Apple Macintosh computers running macOS.

TechnologyEdit

Wacom tablets use patented electromagnetic resonance technology called Electro Magnetic Resonance.[12][13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nobutaka (Nobu) Ide Assumes the Role of Representative Director, President and CEO, Wacom Co., Ltd". Wacom. Tokyo, Japan. April 2, 2018. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Annual Report 2015" (PDF). Wacom. Retrieved October 10, 2015.
  3. ^ "Wacom Investor Relations:Frequently asked questions". Wacom.com. Retrieved January 19, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Bamboo Create". Wacom. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
  5. ^ "Bamboo Connect". Wacom. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
  6. ^ "Bamboo Capture". Wacom. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
  7. ^ "Compare Bamboo tablets". Wacom Europe GmbH. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
  8. ^ "Intuos". Wacom. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  9. ^ "hutterer input". www.x.org.
  10. ^ "Intuos4 vs Intuos3 nib question - ConceptArt.org Forums". Conceptart.org. Retrieved July 10, 2010.
  11. ^ "TabletMagic". Thinkyhead Software. February 3, 2013.
  12. ^ "EMR™ Pen Technology" (PDF). Wacom.
  13. ^ "United States (expired) Patent US4878553 describing the technology" (PDF). Freepatentsonline.com. Retrieved October 6, 2011.

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