We’re a pen company, but pen itself can’t do anything. We need a partner - Nobu Ide

At CES Asia, Wacom CEO Nobu Ide discussed what’s next for the company in AI and VR.

Wacom has done a great job offering tools for creative artists in a variety of form-factors and budgets. (For several years, I’ve advised new photographers to get their hands on a Wacom tablet to include in their post-processing workflow.)  But Wacom says there’s more to the company than just a stylus and connected tablet. 

During CES Asia, Wacom CEO Nobu Ide discussed the company’s future focus and collaborations, which will provide even better experiences for its customers. 

Ink in the air

Designers and graphic artists take pride in creating art with depth and texture utilizing 3D space. However, Wacom’s current devices are two dimensional. The company recognizes and plans to tackle this.  

“Wacom’s not a VR company. We are collaborating with some strategic partners, trying to come up (with) some very interesting solutions,” said Wacom CEO Nobu Ide.  

Working with companies such as Gravity Sketch, an intuitive and immersive 3D design tool, Wacom has updated its pen device, which will allow designers and graphic artists the ability to “ink in the air.” While using a Wacom pen device, artists can wear a set of VR goggles, which are attached to their workstation, to draw and paint within a virtual 3D space. This allows a more intimate and intuitive user experience. While creating or modifying a project, artists can remove the goggles to view the project on a Wacom display tablet as they normally would in 2D.

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