The Tech That Binds: Wacom’s Holiday Ideas That Bring Families Closer Together

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This holiday season, incorporate technology into your gift-giving and family activities

Wacom’s Capture tablet is a great tool that allows you to edit and enhance family pictures (as it includes a free version of Photoshop Elements), compile photos, and much more.

Around the holidays, “fun for the whole family” used to mean gathering around a board game, baking cookies or sledding down the local snow-covered hill. With the world of technology taking over family entertainment, many may think this picture-perfect vision is a thing of the past. Although technology has changed the way families interact in many ways, there are still opportunities for families to share in on holiday fun together. Instead of fighting it this holiday season, why not embrace activities and gifts that incorporate technology, such as Wacom’s Capture tablet, while encouraging interaction between parents and their children?

Document your History

This year, Wacom’s Capture tablet gives families the priceless gift of memories. Families can upload their print and digital photos to their computer to create online scrapbooks that will be enjoyed for years to come. Children will have fun looking at old baby pictures and talking about all of the stories and memories that only old family photos can conjure. Not only will families be able to view and print their newly created keepsakes, but they can share with friends and family too! The best part is that this project will encourage family interaction through the years as the scrapbooks are updated with new pictures over time.

Wacom’s Capture tablet is a great tool that allows you to edit, retouch and enhance family pictures (as it includes a free version of Photoshop Elements), compile photos, and much more. (Available for $99.00, http://www.wacom.com/store,)

Online Inspiration
Too cold to head outside? Look to family-focused websites that offer ideas on making the most of family time, including snow or rainy day inspiration. Often times, these sites provide printable and online activities for kids and parents to participate in together. FamilyFun Magazine’s website is a great resource that gives families seasonal ideas for entertainment. Winter ideas range from winter getaways to comforting recipes for families to enjoy. (Family Fun Magazine, http://familyfun.go.com/winter/)

Miles Away
With family located hundreds of miles away, it is sometimes impossible to get together over the holidays. Skype is a great tool to stay in touch with family throughout the year – but can play an even larger role over the holidays. With a bit of coordination using video-calling features, it’s possible to open gifts or even share a glass of wine while catching up with family nearly anywhere in the world. Services like Skype offer a great solution to stay in touch with family even when distance is an unavoidable obstacle. (http://www.skype.com)

About Wacom
Wacom’s vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world’s leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays and digital interface solutions. The advanced technology of Wacom’s intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashions and designs around the world and provides business and home users with the ability to explore digital content creation in a comfortable, natural way. Today, millions of customers use Wacom’s cordless, battery-free, pressure-sensitive pen technology to express their creativity.

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