Wacom has released a new line of sketchpads that automatically digitise your words and drawings. Following last year's iPad-sized Bamboo Spark, we now have the an A4 and A5 Bamboo Slate smartpad and the A4 Bamboo Folio, which has a cover.

The smartpads digitally transform hand-taken notes, light sketches, mind mapping and visual thinking – making them a useful tool for designers, creative directors and artists. 

Users can essentially jot down their organic ideas to paper and turn their handwritten scribbles or sketches into digital files, saving them to the Wacom Inkspace app and cloud services.

The Inkspace app works on any Bluetooth iOS or Android smartphone and tablet, allowing users to edit, organise and share files. Up to 100 pages can be stored on the Bamboo Folio before needing to be synced to other devices. 

The main excitement over the Bamboo Slate and Folio is the ability to turn sketches into vector files, and handwritten notes into rich text (but only with a paid subscription).

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