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N-Trig Says It is Readying DuoSense Screens For Android Tablets

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Ina Fried at D: All Things Digital is reporting that N-Trig is hoping to woo Android Tablet developers to the world of pen and touch. Featuring N-Trig’s DuoSense technology that allows both pen and touch, NTrig is making the rounds and hoping that Tablet makers see that Pen functionality might actually help them stand out in an increasingly (or soon to be) crowded field.

Of course that adds price to the Tablet and I’m sure some complexity to the software and hardware, so I wouldn’t hold my breath. I’d also be leery of N-Trig’s history with Tablet PCs. NTrig has its fans but also has its detractors. That said, Fried says that we’ll see at least one Tablet using this technology in the first half of the year.

Fried echoes N-Trig’s VP Gary Baum pointing out that Apps will be a key and that there is a paucity of them at the moment. Well, we all know that chicken and egg scenario. Intriguingly though on the iPad, which does not feature any sort of direct pen support, developers continue to find a way to provide a decent Inking experience beyond what the iPad itself offers in such Apps as Penultimate, Noteshelf, and PhatPad. At the moment this continued development on the iOS side is happening under the radar. I imagine that the same would be true in the Android world, especially if the hardware would offer accommodation. Pen computing is just not viewed as popular these days.

We’ll have to keep our eye open for this as Android continues to develop. I know that many of our readers see pen input as not only a benefit but as must.

Warner Crocker is a professional theatre director, producer and playwright and also a Tablet PC enthusiast. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Tablet PCs. Send email to Warner. You can follow him on Twitter or Google+

13 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    12/20/2010 at 7:17 pm

    Yes!

  2. Giacomo Davide Fumagalli

    12/20/2010 at 8:04 pm

    Toshiba Folio uses N-Trig DuoSense digitizers and it had a optional pen.

    • Anonymous

      12/20/2010 at 8:32 pm

      Yes it does. And the Toshiba Folio has been pulled for issues and at the moment is not for sale.

      • Night On The Web

        12/26/2010 at 8:26 pm

        Really? Here in Italy the Toshiba Folio is still in the shops and it is sold at 399€. What are the problems for which it has been pulled? Hardware issues? Or software ones?

  3. Giacomo Davide Fumagalli

    12/20/2010 at 8:04 pm

    Toshiba Folio uses N-Trig DuoSense digitizers and it had a optional pen.

  4. Jesse B Andersen

    12/20/2010 at 9:06 pm

    Good stuff. Hope to see more tablets with digitizer input.

  5. Roger J

    12/21/2010 at 1:45 pm

    If Android pads get proper handwriting capability, then Microsoft is really going to be up against it. I’m tempted by the Galaxy, but want to wait till one comes out with decent pen experience. What’s happening with HP Slate 500, have any been delivered?????

  6. thenegret

    12/21/2010 at 5:04 pm

    I would like to know why Wacom has always seemed so reluctant to jump at opportunities like this. We should have Wacom Penabled netbooks and non-x86 tablets by now.

  7. thenegret

    12/21/2010 at 5:04 pm

    I would like to know why Wacom has always seemed so reluctant to jump at opportunities like this. We should have Wacom Penabled netbooks and non-x86 tablets by now.

  8. thenegret

    12/21/2010 at 5:04 pm

    I would like to know why Wacom has always seemed so reluctant to jump at opportunities like this. We should have Wacom Penabled netbooks and non-x86 tablets by now.

  9. thenegret

    12/21/2010 at 5:04 pm

    I would like to know why Wacom has always seemed so reluctant to jump at opportunities like this. We should have Wacom Penabled netbooks and non-x86 tablets by now.

  10. Fool who bought N-Trig Tech

    03/16/2011 at 10:15 am

    I wouldn’t hold my breath as i have been wait 3 years for N-Trig to get their Windows drivers to actually work, they have no Linux drivers, I would certainly never buy a device with N-Trig technology again, and I’d highly recommend everyone else to avoid their technology as well!

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