Dell is unveiling the Canvas workstation at CES 2017 alongside a slew of new PCs and a massive 8K display. The digital drafting table-like display was developed with Microsoft and is powered by a long list of Windows 10 devices. The 27-inch QHD touch-screen carries a 2560 x 1440 resolution and is aimed at designers and stylus wielding designers/artist.
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It will incorporate Dell’s Totem peripheral. Much like the Microsoft Dial, users can drop the puck-shaped controller on the screen to bring up a context-specific radial menu. It seems like app support for these new Windows based puck controllers is a little bit thin, but the introduction of Totem can only help the cause.
What began as the Dell smart desk concept in 2014 evolved into Dell Canvas—a new category of smart workspace technology that expands creative productivity for content developers and designers. The 27-inch QHD smart workspace can be used at an angle or flat on a desk so professionals can create, communicate and express their thoughts and ideas as naturally as they do with pen on paper. For example, through the use of touch, digital pen and totems, the Dell Canvas turns drawings into part of the digital workflow and enhances collaboration. Developed in partnership with Microsoft Corp. and powered by virtually any Windows 10 device, Dell Canvas plugs seamlessly into software solutions from partners including Adobe, Autodesk, AVID, Dassault Systems, SolidWorks and Microsoft to unleash the creative genius in everyone.