Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

One of the bet­ter things about Win­dows 8 is its seam­less in­te­gra­tion of touch across mul­ti­ple screens and de­vices. While there are key­board and mouse equiv­a­lents for most touch features, it won’t take long for you to feel woe­fully in­ad­e­quate while us­ing Win­dows8 on a non-touch de­vice. But there are ac­ces­sories that let you take full ad­van­tage of the touch features.

HI-TECH E-TOUCH PEN, (` 3,990)

Jeswill Hi-Tech So­lu­tions has been mak­ing dig­i­tal pens for a few years. So when Win­dows 8 was launched, they adapted this tech­nol­ogy to bring touch to non-touch de­vices run­ning the new op­er­at­ing sys­tem. Their kit in­cludes a bat­tery-pow­ered dig­i­tal pen with a brush in­stead of a nib, a USBbased re­ceiver and a mag­netic strip to fix it to the desk­top or lap­top screen. How­ever, the success of the de­vice de­pends on the one-time cal­i­bra­tion that is nec­es­sary to get the touch to work. It took us a few at­tempts to get it right. But af­ter this was done we could use the pen to do all things you would on a touch­screen. Ad­di­tion­ally, you can use the pen to ex­ploit the won­der­ful hand­writ­ing recog­ni­tion of Win­dows 8 and apps like Fresh Paint.

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