Wacom_STU-530Wacom Signature Pads are often used in environments where hundreds of signatures are taken every day, e.g. for payment in retail. Thus, robustness is a key requirement for many companies. Several awards from institutions and magazines from various industries as well as customer feedback have proven the quality. Lacking so far was an independent, research-based proof of the robustness of the pads.

Now, a study provided by SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and Certification Company, underlines the robustness of the Wacom tablets based on scientific research. Wacom has asked SGS to perform tests with a greater number of signing cycles to check for the possible impact on the surface of a pad. The investigation was on the roughness of the surface.

The results were clear: After 500,000 signings on the pad, there were no scratches visible by naked eye on the pad. Pictures taken by a digital camera showed a surface that could be compared to the initial state of the tablet with one exception only.

For Wacom customers, this means that the STU-530 Signature pad is capable to take half a million signatures with nearly no visible wear. This is unique in the market. If this figure is related to product lifetime, it means that the Wacom tablet surface has a scratch resistance lifetime of approximately 20 years, based on taking an average of 100 signatures per working day. This long, maintenance-free lifetime of Wacom signature pads means a solid investment and a quick Return-on-Invest for companies that use Wacom products.

To run the test, Wacom’s STU-530 Signature Pad had been chosen. SGS set up a mechanical test environment mimicking the actual signature process by writing vectorized electronic signatures on the pad, consisting of lines and circles and being placed in different and varying positions of each sign filed. The load exerted on the pen was about the same as if a real person would have signed. Besides photographic documentation, possible influences on the surface were monitored by using Confocal Laser-Scanning-Microscopy. This method was applied three times: at the beginning, in between and after completion of the tests, confirming the results from optical inspection.

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iStock_000004854876XSmall (2)The New York Times, By MARIA KONNIKOVA June 2, 2014

Does handwriting matter?

Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard.

But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep.

Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.

“When we write, a unique neural circuit is automatically activated,” said Stanislas Dehaene, a psychologist at the Collège de France in Paris. “There is a core recognition of the gesture in the written word, a sort of recognition by mental simulation in your brain. “And it seems that this circuit is contributing in unique ways we didn’t realize,” he continued. “Learning is made easier.”

In a study that followed children in grades two through five, Virginia Berninger, a psychologist at the University of Washington, demonstrated that printing, cursive writing, and typing on a keyboard are all associated with distinct and separate brain patterns — and each results in a distinct end product. When the children composed text by hand, they not only consistently produced more words more quickly than they did on a keyboard, but expressed more ideas. And brain imaging in the oldest subjects suggested that the connection between writing and idea generation went even further. When these children were asked to come up with ideas for a composition, the ones with better handwriting exhibited greater neural activation in areas associated with working memory — and increased overall activation in the reading and writing networks.

The benefits of writing by hand extend beyond childhood. For adults, typing may be a fast and efficient alternative to longhand, but that very efficiency may diminish our ability to process new information. Not only do we learn letters better when we commit them to memory through writing, memory and learning ability in general may benefit.

Two psychologists, Pam A. Mueller of Princeton and Daniel M. Oppenheimer of the University of California, Los Angeles, have reported that in both laboratory settings and real-world classrooms, students learn better when they take notes by hand than when they type on a keyboard. Contrary to earlier studies attributing the difference to the distracting effects of computers, the new research suggests that writing by hand allows the student to process a lecture’s contents and reframe it — a process of reflection and manipulation that can lead to better understanding and memory encoding.

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GIZMODO: Styluses for capacitive screens like the iPad used to be wide and squishy—bad for precise drawing and writing. Only recently have companies been able to come up with pen-like tips for a superior experience. Wacom is the latest to offer one such device in the Bamboo Stylus Fineline. The Fineline comes on the heels of Adonit, who was the first to figure out how to make a pen-like stylus tip work on an iPad. It seems now that the problem has been solved, everyone is having a go. Fineline is encased in an ever-so-slightly tapered silver tube. It looks understated and stylish, with a clip on the cap and a micro USB charger under a rubber lid on the other end. …

CNET: … Constructed of aluminum, with a grip made of painted ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), it feels solid and looks classy and elegant, similar to the Bamboo Solo and Duo rubber-tipped styluses. It’s not nearly as thin as those — unsurprisingly, given that it needs room for all the electronics, which are contained in the slight bulge just above the nib area. There’s a button to activate the Bluetooth transmitter that doubles as a programmable button when connected, with a tiny LED light in the middle to indicate Bluetooth and battery status. The button has a gentle concave curve, which helps prevent you from accidentally pressing it …

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  • http://gizmodo.com/wacom-bamboo-fineline-a-bluetooth-stylus-with-a-point-1629726621
  • http://www.cnet.com/products/wacom-bamboo-stylus-fineline/?utm_content=bufferdc3e8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
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