Originally Posted by ArticulatedArm
Your finger has more sensitivity touching the drawing surface than you do through the pen you are holding touching the drawing surface.
And when I said you can change your finger I meant that you can precisely control how the tablet reacts to your finger. When finger painting you have no control over line weight etc. etc. which is why it's so sloppy.
But I think it's just another example of how we have been conditioned to think using something non-intuitive is more intuitive than truly intuitive tools and methods. Like how many people think using a keyboard and mouse is superior to drawing and touching as an input method. They have been conditioned to believe this but IMO it's wrong.
My finger is sensitive sure but what about the surface? The problem is still that the tip of my finger is a blunt instrument compared to a stylus (pen, pencil etc.). How would you're method account for pressure changes on the fly without having to change a "brush" setting in a control panel? Not to mention how would you see what you're drawing? How am I going to see a 6 pixel brush under my finger? Shifting the cursor point "off" from beneath the tip of the finger is hardly intuitive and in fact doesn't work well at all.
One of the problems of the touch interface is that you're fingers are covering the screen. A problem also evident with games in the Iphone and IPT.
What you're talking about doesn't seem that much different that what we already have on the iphone with a drawing Ap. Not a product for drawing.
I think people are going to expect to draw on this thing and it might put some off if it didn't. Again, a tablet or a slate without a stylus is kind of an oxymoron in my opinion and you can't really draw without an input device.
(Although if it works as a virtual input device for pro aps and "remote desktop" for desktops and/ or devices like ATV, in addition to the features already in an IPT then it would still be enough for me and probably most people.)
Do you really believe that brushes are inferior to our fingers just because we're talking about a "digital" brush? Many of the real world rules apply to the software world. Despite developers best efforts it seems quite impossible to recreate the experience of using a tool using touch and software only.
However, I may eat my hat if Apple came out with some way of drawing without touching the screen and "pressure sensitivity" measured by the distance of you're finger from the screen (or other method of similar kind). That would be different and I think that could work very well, as it addresses the issues above.
We've seen some patents in this vein but it seems the general consensus that technology isn't ready yet. Are you of a different opinion? Maybe you're like the rest of us and hoping for the best. LOL they have been conceptualizing on this thing for years and years.
It'll be great, but I don't think Apple is ready to give us "everything" in the first shot.
Love this crazy old thing and I love how it's got about an 17 degree tilt...
link to the wired article...http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/...le-tablet-1983