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    Universal Stylus Initiative aims to promote industry standard

    Members Intel, Lenovo, Dell, Sharp and Wacom want an active stylus standard.
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    Re: Universal Stylus Initiative aims to promote industry standard

    Would love active stylus to become a standard in the mobile market, can never justify buying one just for the desktop but if I could have one that I could use on my android tablet and phone that would improve its value immensely and I could finally draw happily on my touchscreen devices!
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    Re: Universal Stylus Initiative aims to promote industry standard

    Surprised about Samsung not being involved due to them owning 10% iirc of wacom although if anything I'm more surprised by wacom being involved, they're the 'defacto' graphics tablet manufacturer so this would clearly hurt them more than the less known brands.

    Microsoft doesn't really need to be involved because at the end of the day this is more of a hardware thing with just a driver needed for windows.

    Apple will just do what it usually does and make some proprietary apple only magical stylus which isn't any better than a wacom.

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    Re: Universal Stylus Initiative aims to promote industry standard

    It's about time.

    No doubt that the current defacto 'industry standard' Wacom system will be the industry standard.

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    Re: Universal Stylus Initiative aims to promote industry standard

    Quote Originally Posted by LSG501 View Post
    Surprised about Samsung not being involved due to them owning 10% iirc of wacom although if anything I'm more surprised by wacom being involved, they're the 'defacto' graphics tablet manufacturer so this would clearly hurt them more than the less known brands.
    I'm not surprised by either. Samsung seems to want to ape Apple by "doing it's own thing" even if that "own thing" is worse. And it maybe figures that S-Pen gives it a unique advantage. I've got a Note tablet and to be honest I don't S-Pen much, but if you're a "creative" then I can easily see where it'd be a huge advantage.

    Wacom, I would have thought would definitely want to be in on this. The last thing they'd want (surely) is USI setting themselves up as the "competition". On the other hand if they're (Wacom) are in USI then it's pretty darned likely that they'll be the major player in whatever specs etc are issued. And that's a pretty nice commercial advantage.

    Where I'd like to see USI come in hard is for these dual-purpose netbooks/laptops that can also function as tablets. Being able to use a proper stylus (i.e. like the Note, not just a finger substitute) will open up a good few usage cases.

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    Re: Universal Stylus Initiative aims to promote industry standard

    Touch is just a perma fad that is in my view a regression from stylus interactions of earlier devices. This initiative is a promising start to a much needed stylus renaissance. It gives hope to those who think the pen is mightier than the finger and cutlery should never be uninvented.

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    Re: Universal Stylus Initiative aims to promote industry standard

    Quote Originally Posted by crossy View Post
    Wacom, I would have thought would definitely want to be in on this. The last thing they'd want (surely) is USI setting themselves up as the "competition". On the other hand if they're (Wacom) are in USI then it's pretty darned likely that they'll be the major player in whatever specs etc are issued. And that's a pretty nice commercial advantage.
    The thing is wacom has so many patents relating to pen input on a pc that you'd think they'd be trying to stop it rather than joining it. The only thing I can think of as a reason for them to join is to get more wacom screens on tablets, ntrig seems to be doing pretty well there, but I'd have thought cheaper prices would have worked better... oh wait it's wacom lol

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