Wacom's pen tablet devices operating based on EMR® Technology have a number of features and advantages over rival methods such as resistive systems, etc.
Wacom's sensors are cheaper than resistive sensors, and their relative cost ratio becomes even lower as the size of the sensor increases. In addition, because they are constructed from simple parts, Wacom's electronic pens can be manufactured at low cost.
With EMR Technology, the sensor unit is installed behind the display screen. Because the sensor does not cover the front of the display, the quality and brightness of the displayed image are not compromised.
Thanks to EMR Technology, unlike resistive sensor systems that employ a low-transmission sensor in front of the display, products utilizing Wacom's sensors can be used without the need to raise the brightness level of the display screen's backlighting, so the product's overall power consumption can be reduced accordingly.
With EMR Technology, because the sensor unit is installed behind the display screen, it is not touched directly. As a result, the sensor's durability is extremely high. Moreover, in order to guard against damage to the display screen, a hard protective plate can be attached, which contributes to improving the reliability of the product as a whole.
Wacom's sensors boast high precision and high resolution, which together make it possible to detect even small hand-written letters. The sensor adeptly traces the movement of the human hand and reproduces such "human" elements as the feel, force and ambivalence of the pen tip. As a result, it is capable of realizing intuitive hand-written input.
Wacom's electronic pens can be equipped not just with coordination detection functions but also with a wide range of other functions such as writing pressure sensing, inclination angle detection, erasure, etc. Because these electronic pens can detect coordinates even when held in space at a location distant from the display, Wacom's sensors are capable of a unique operation called Flight Point® (detection of a pen that does not touch the display), which is impossible using a resistive sensor. Thanks to this feature, Wacom's electronic pens can be used with a variety of user interfaces such as Windows Tool Tip and the graphic application Airbrush, etc. Furthermore, a side switch to which functions can be freely allocated is optionally available.
Because Wacom's electronic pens are not battery-operated, they can be used without worry that the battery will run down during operation. Our pens are guaranteed to operate correctly for more than 10 million cycles without maintenance. Moreover, they can be made extremely light compared with battery-equipped pens, and it is also possible to make them highly resistant to drop impact damage.
Wacom's Penabled Technology ensures mutual compatibility between all our electronic pens, so it is possible to for users to change pens at any time.