he other day I pulled out my old Wacom Cintiq 15x the other day to work on some storyboards. I got a message on my phone and reached for it with my tablet pen still in my hand. The pen touched the screen by accident and… it moved! Wow! Amazing! Crazy! Well, not really.

Samsung has been using Wacom digitizers for awhile now (or at least for a year). But I always thought that Wacom purposely kept the digitizers separate somehow with each device. My first Wacom was an old Graphire that came with a mouse. I eventually got a Bamboo and, if I remember correctly, the Graphire stylus and mouse DID work on the Bamboo for a little bit… until I upgraded the driver.

I’m willing to bet the basic framework for all Wacom devices is the same. I just wonder what kind of software limitations keep the compatibility to specific devices.

The pens I use for my Cintiq are aftermarket pens. I got it used so I have no idea where they came from. I like them though, because they are the same size as regular pens. I never understood why Wacom makes their pens like that.

Aftermarket Cintiq Pen and Bamboo Pen

Aftermarket Cintiq Pen and Bamboo Pen

As seen in the video, both the Cintiq pen and and the Galaxy Note 2 stylus work on both devices. I was more surprised that the erasure function worked on the Galaxy Note 2.¬† To my knowledge, there is no aftermarket Galaxy Note¬† pen for the phone or the tablet that has an erasure function. The fact that it’s int he software and knew what to do was kinda neat.

I think the next time I’m at Yodabashi I’ll try all of the pens and see which ones work on my phone. Should be interesting.

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