19 May 2010

Cheap, fun drawing tablet

Hi -

This is just to say that I finally splurged and spent about $60 on a Wacom Bamboo Pen tablet this week, and I like it - it ships with a Corel drawing package with plenty of (software) pens, brushes, and erasers.

I bought it in case I need to whip up a quick engineering sketch, as an alternative to scanning a real pen drawing. I find (so far) that I need to press a little harder on this - my hand hurts - but then again, I haven't searched for or played with the "pen sensitivity" slider, which probably is in there.

Here is what a small collection of built-in tools and colors look like:

I like it so far. If you're really serious, you'll find Amazon links to expensive, more advanced stuff.

Amazon: Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet, with software


04 May 2010

Patents: descriptions

Note from Bruce Horwitz of TechRoadmap reminding us that a patent's "enabling description" has to include not only the elements of the invention, but WHAT the thing is: