INTERACTIVE Light Pens provide ScreenDirectTM interaction with yourapplications for quick and precise input control. Light Pens, with stainlesssteel housing, hardened tip and optional armored cabling are virtuallyimmune to harsh environments.
Extend your range of creativity and design techniques. INTERACTIVE LightPens provide a more responsive feel and angle of degree, vital for today'smultiplatform graphics programs and digital technology.
INTERACTIVE is the major manufacturer of Light Pens for a variety of Healthcare applications: Hospital patient records, bookkeeping, financialanalysis, pharmacy management, dental patient records and numerous othertasks. INTERACTIVE has Light Pens for MS-DOS, all versions of PC/Windowsbased, and Sun SPARC stations.
The Inside Story: How GraphicsTablets And Light Pens Work
Many programmers find graphics tablets and light pens among themost mysterious of peripherals, but the principles of both are reallyfairly simple. The graphics tablet is similar in operation to the more familiar gamecontroller paddles. A paddle consists of a variable resistor, a devicewhich can vary the amount of electric current passing through it. Forexample, rotating the paddle all the way clockwise would allow fullcurrent to flow; turning it completely counterclockwise would cut off allcurrent. A computer which accepts paddles must have circuitry whichcan read the varying current and provide a numeric reading which isproportional to the current, and hence to the position of the paddleknob. This is usually zero when the paddle is rotated all the way in onedirection, 255 when the paddle is turned completely in the oppositedirection. Joysticks for the Apple, Color Computer, and IBM function in asimilar manner, with one resistor on the horizontal axis and another onthe vertical.