took the chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the show floor and try out Targus' new Touch Pen for Windows 8
. The product is a combination of a small receiver that attaches to the side of any display and a stylus designed for safe use on all screen types. Setting up the device is as simple as attaching the sensor to any screen up to 17 inches in size, and using the pen to tap all four corners of the screen. After calibration the sensor can then be removed and replaced without needing to recalibrate. The pen itself is similar in size and weight to a traditional fountain pen, but features a soft bristle tip like that of a paintbrush.
In terms of operation the system was largely accurate in registering touches, however there was the occasional hiccup. All of the touch gestures built into Windows 8 were demonstrated on a standard laptop that did not feature a touchscreen, showing how the pen can bypass the need to learn additional mouse or key commands. The pen tip is expected to last for three years of usage, but users who wear it out faster will be able to receive a free replacement through Targus' customer service.
The Touch Pen is expected to be available sometime during Q2 of this year and will carry an MSRP of $100.