NVIDIA is a computer maker in the forefront of powerful GPUs, graphics processing units. The company was founded in 1993 and are located in Santa Clara, California.Their GPUs are in games, robotics, VR, AI, self-driving cars, and more. Their work in Deep Learning is expanding artificial intelligence. One of deep learning’s most significant uses is in medical care. Here on this site, we write about NVIDIA gaming tablets that can be used for drawing, with their fast GeForce processors making them responsive and capable of certain effects. NVIDIA’s SOCs (system on a chip) units are used in both the automotive and mobile-computing industries. NVIDIA is an important force not just in gaming, but in many technological advances.
It’s baaaaackkk! TheNVIDIA Shield K1 has just been released following the recall of the old NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet for fire-hazard issues. This time though, just the 16GB model, and it’s bring your own stylus. This tablet is aimed at gamers and has a Tegra processor that makes it really fast, faster than other Android tablets. The art app Dabbler that came in the first version provides real-time dripping paint effects, so you can do a mini Jackson Pollack Action Painting.
This time there’s no micro-USB, charger, or stylus included: It’s bring your own accessories. This has allowed the company to introduce it with a far lower price than the last version. But even if it lacks both a stylus and a slot for it, this version still compatible with the Shield DirectStylus 2, which offered sort of an artificial yet effective pressure sensitivity.
At 8″ it’s a little bit small to draw on, but at least lag shouldn’t be an issue.
8 inches 1920×1200 pixels 2.2 GHz Tegra K1 192-core NVIDIA Kepler CPU 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU 2 GB RAM 16 GB storage Wifi (no LTE) Bluetooth Android 5.0 Lollipop Weight 12.5 ounces 8.80 x 5 x 0.36 inches mini HDMI port micro SD port takes card of up to 128 GB
It can be turned into a gaming console with the SHIELD controller (optional) and also has an optional kickstand.
Best of all, the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet is very affordable and considerably less than the last version. They are not including the stylus, the Shield DirectStylus 2 with this release, but you can buy it separately.
NVIDIA Shield 2 gaming tablet powers its own painting app
NVIDIA Shield 2 gaming tablet reportedly coming in 2016 keeps the Dabbler art app
NVIDIA Shield Tablet
As you may or may not have heard, the popular NVIDIA Shield Tablet (see on Amazon) was recalled last year because of battery problems (the battery was a possible fire hazard). Customers with the recalled units could get a free replacement. The NVIDIA shield has a fast Tegra processor and has been marketed primarily as a gaming tablet; however, Nvidia makes its own art app, Dabbler, that took advantage of its graphics acceleration to offer effects such as realistically-dripping paint. The stylus is the NVIDIA DirectStylus 2.
The pressure sensitivity in the NVIDIA SHIELD is not like Wacom, N-trig, or Synaptics. It’s not even an active digitizer at all. Rather, the processor can read how hard you’re pressing the rubber tip of the Direct Stylus. And it actually works, though not quite to the level of a real active digitizer. Still, it’s a pretty darn good sketchbook. Dabbler’s effects menu includes drawings, watercolors, and oils.
Here’s a video of the NVIDIA Dabbler art app with Direct Stylus 2.
Now, reports are saying that a sequel is coming out, the Nvidia Shield 2. Like the original, it will run on Android and have the latest Tegra processor, the Tegra x1. It will have an 8″ display. THe battery life for non-gaming is said to run 10 hours, with half that for gaming. The rumored list price will be $299. (The original is still for sale in two sizes and prices on the NVIDIA site.) You’d also be able to use other Android art apps.
If you have one of the NVIDIA Shield Tablets facing recall and have not yet returned it to NVIDIA, go to this page on their site that has info about the recall.