Wacom has convinced many a computer user that the pen is mightier than the mouse. The leading company in its field, Wacom makes cordless, battery-free pen tablet systems used to input information to computers. Photographers, designers, and other artists working in the digital realm use the company's professional graphics tablets (sold with the Intuos name), while other tablets target the consumer market (Bamboo). Commercial customers have included Toshiba. The Electronic Systems and Devices Division handles all the pen tablet business, while the Engineering Collaborative Solutions Division develops and sells CAD software for electrical and mechanical applications.
Wacom acquired UK-based Florentis in 2011 to expand its line of products for electronic signature systems used by small and mid-sized business clients. Florentis developed software that enabled digital handwritten signature systems.
Founded in 1983, Wacom sold the world's first cordless electronic pen in 1984, and the company's pen-based technology is now also used by makers of tablet PCs, handheld devices, and point-of-sale terminals.
The name Wacom was created by combining the words world and computer and replacing the first syllable with wa, which means "harmony" in Japanese. – less