So a new toy arrived in the mail today and I just thought I'd share. It's a pen and touch pad. I got it mainly for doing graphic and design work. I also was interested in being able to handwrite notes and possibly converting it to to text. It's a bit funky getting used to but during the tutorial I discovered that Vista has this handwriting to text feature. I generally dislike Vista but this feature is really cool. This whole post has written by a pen! Then with one click it was changed to text and inserted into the posting field. It is really bizarre writing out posts this way but I do like it. I find it pretty tactile and now that I'm getting used to it quite expressive. I've read quite a bit about recognition being quite bad but this software is doing a really good job at recognising my scrawl and I haven't even done any specific software training.
The tablet is also a touchpad. Kinda like a larger version of the pad you find on a laptop. It recognizes a few unique finger gestures as well. For instance when browsing if you want to go back a page instead of moving the cursor up to the back button you just sweep to fingers across it and like magic it goes back to the previous page. Scrolling down is done with two fingers just sweeping down.
So far I've been using this thing for a couple of hours and I love it I've already unplugged my mouse. I'm not generally one for gadgets but this is one that so far is making my computer use better and more enjoyable. I love being able to just move my fingers around without a mouse. I doubt that I going to handwrite all my posts but its pretty neat to be able to mix things up a bit.