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Wacom Releases the PL-900 Pen Display

Wacom Releases the PL-900 Pen Display

Posted January 23, 2009 at 5:55pm by iClarified
Wacom today announced the PL-900 - a high-resolution 19” LCD equipped with a digital pen enabling users to write, annotate and navigate directly with the pen on the screen. Aimed at educational institutions and companies requiring audio visual equipment for meetings, presentations and video conferencing, the PL-900 is an innovative tool, ideal for providing dynamic and interactive presentations or lectures. The interactive pen display also provides an accurate tool to control and operate complex user interfaces.

With a high quality 19” screen size offering SXGA resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels, the PL-900 is an extension to Wacom's successful PL-family and is now the largest interactive pen display in the series. With its bigger screen and its anti-glare treatment, the PL-900 is more comfortable when in use, even over long periods of time.

The PL-900 provides advanced video capabilities with the inclusion of DVI-I input and DVI-I output. This means that either an analogue or digital video source can be used. It now also supports analogue or digital output to projectors and displays, so there is no need for an additional DVI-splitter. This plug-and-play feature makes it even simpler to use.

Video scaler is a new feature that supports wide-format input as well as native aspect ratio. Set to standard, the PL-900 has a 4:3 aspect ratio, but when connected to a widescreen laptop or other hardware, it automatically changes to 16:10.

More dynamic presentations
The PL-900 enables intuitive data input to be carried out directly on the screen using a digital pen, providing perfect hand-eye co-ordination and increased accuracy. This makes it ideally suited for presentations. In combination with a video projector, the interactive pen display can be used in the same way as a traditional overhead projector, but with all the advantages of working digitally. During a presentation or lecture, the user can add handwritten notes, annotations and diagrams, which can be saved and handed out afterwards. This results in lively interaction between the presenter and the audience. Collaborative sessions become more effective as the presentation can be updated in real time on the screen, while the presenter is still facing the audience.

Increased interactivity for use in education
The PL-900 also offers universities, schools and further educational establishments new possibilities for teaching. Handwritten notes, sketches, drawings and mind maps can be created spontaneously during a lecture or lesson. Teaching staff can add ideas and suggestions from students directly to the slides, increasing interactivity, creativity and discussion.

High precision for process management
Working directly on the screen with the pen enables an increased degree of control and accuracy. The PL-900 is therefore ideal for process management tasks where an array of controls and settings can be quickly and intuitively operated. A digital sound mixer can be operated in a similar way to its real world counterpart, enabling the engineer to adjust virtual controls on the screen.

Wacom's patented pen technology provides a natural tool for freehand writing, annotating and navigating directly with the pen on the screen. The ergonomically designed cordless and battery-free pen provides 512 pressure levels and has a programmable double side-switch. The technology of the PL-900 results in a minimised ‘jitter' of the pen, making cursor navigation faster and more accurate.

Pricing and availability
Compatible with Windows or Mac OS, the PL-900 is now available. It is priced at £1,249.99 including VAT and comes with a two-year warranty.

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