Graphics Tablet

The Graphics Tablet is a computer input device used to hand draw images and graphics, similar to the way a person draws images with a pencil and paper.
For example, a Wacom Bamboo Capture tablet and pen is the perfect start for a novicebamboo-family-2012.png

It can be used to trace an image from a piece of paper which is taped or otherwise secured to the surface. Collecting data in this way by either by tracing or entering the corners of linear poly-lines or shapes is called digitizing. Some are considered a useful replacement for mouses for its primary pointing and navigation device.

This device usually consists of a flat surface which the user can draw on or trace a image by using a stylus, a pen like marker which comes with the tablet.
Tablets are getting more popular all the time with alot of different sorts of tablets been created such as Passive tablets, Active tablets, Optical tablets, Acoustic tablets, Electromagnetic tablets, Capacitive tablets and etc.

The first model of a handwriting tablet was called the Teleautograph, which was invented in 1888 by an inventor by the mind of Elisha Gray who is best known as a contemporaneous inventor of the telephone.

There are similar devices.

Interactive Whiteboards. They are a high resolution wall size graphic tablets up to 95" along with options for pressure and multiple input.
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Touch screens on some tablet computers, iPads and Nintendo DS are operated in similar ways, but use either optical grids or a pressure sensitive film instead.
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