Wacom proposes Active ES “Universal Pen Framework” in response to industry-wide needs for interoperability among various digital pens in the marketplace

(January 5th, 2015 – Las Vegas, USA) Wacom today announced “Universal Pen Framework” as a new initiative based on “Active ES” pen technology, Wacom’s unique capacitive pen solution, in response to the growing need for a high performance pen solution among IT industry players, such as tablet and smartphone manufacturers as well as touch controller suppliers, OS and application developers.

Wacom firmly believes in the role digital pens will play in IT mobile products and services in the future. To give end users and partners the best and most meaningful experience, Wacom is committed to supporting a wide range of IT industry partners with the best-in-class digital pen technology. Active ES solution provides the unique combination of high performance, accuracy and data richness with a scalable architecture needed to realize a high quality user experience with digital ink applications.

Wacom also recognizes the importance of ensuring digital pen’s interoperability among various products, and the Active ES “Universal Pen Framework” is intended to satisfy this need, integrating high performance digital pen and existing touch capabilities. Wacom currently works with a number of leading tablet and mobile device manufacturers as well as touch controller companies, and plans to extend this initiative to a broader range of industry partners.

“Nowadays, touch navigation is known as basic for operating smartphones and tablets. But, users have started to realize that when it comes to capturing, creating and sharing ideas, finger operations are not good enough. IT products need to evolve further to help people explore more creatively. ” said Masahiko Yamada, president & CEO of Wacom. “Also, it is essential to ensure high performance and rich data to be

available in various services such as on-line education and cloud banking. The Universal Pen Framework is our contribution to the IT industry as a whole, by sharing the best-in-class pen solution with customers and partners while leveraging our 30-year expertise in digital pens. We are also very happy to contribute to various types of industry initiatives in helping them embrace digital pens as a primary interface tool for mobile products and services,” he added.

By promoting the adoption of digital pen solutions, Wacom is committed to leading the movement toward the age of “digital pen & ink”.

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Founded in Japan in 1983, Wacom is now a global company with offices around the world supporting marketing and distribution in over 150 countries. For more than 30 years, Wacom has worked with the most creative people and organizations to inspire and equip them to make the world a more creative place.

Wacom’s products have been used by loyal customers to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and product designs. They have also played a significant role in making technology accessible in a natural and intuitive way through pen tablets, interactive pen displays, digital interface solutions, stylus products and creative companions. These all make it possible for everyone to express their creativity in digital media, whether artists, business executives or people enjoying everyday creativity.

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