July 24, 2008

A Small Gadgety Success

Filed under: digital,interfaces,linux,toys — mhoye @ 2:08 pm

They're Serious About This

This is kind of neat.

I got one of these recently after looking for a drawing tablet that was both largeish and inexpensive, and what I got out of it is pretty cool.

On its own, you put a memory card in the side and a pad of paper on it, and it will keep track of whatever you write, saving digital images of your sketching in a file on the card. Plug it in to my laptop via USB, though, and it turns into a perfectly usable drawing tablet plus card reader.

Works in Ubuntu just fine, surprisingly, though you do have to do a format conversion on the saved files via a script, and calibrate the tablet properly. I’ve got to say though that the fact that it worked at all, much less far better than advertised, was quite a pleasant surprise. All I have left to do is figure out how to calibrate it, and then figure out how to make it recalibrate automatically when I switch to a two-monitor setup.

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