Wacom Co., Ltd. (株式会社ワコムKabushiki-gaisha Wakomu?) (pronounced in English as /'wɑːkɒm/ or /'wækɒm/) (TYO: 6727) is a worldwide company that produces graphics tablets and related products, headquartered in Otone, Saitama, Japan. The American headquarters are located in Vancouver, Washington, and those for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) in Krefeld, Germany. Wacom is a loose translation of Japanese: Wa for "harmony" or "circle", and Komu for "computer". It is one of the largest graphics tablet producers, and is very popular with artists, graphic designers, architects, and cartoonists, who commonly cite it as an industry standard. Wacom tablets are notable for their use of a patented cordless, battery-free, and pressure-sensitive stylus or digital pen. As the sampling of the x and y coordinates appear simultaneous and at a high, predictable frequency, Wacom tablets are successfully used for recording of the pen in handwriting movement analysis. In addition to manufacturing and selling tablets as separate products, Wacom also supplies the graphical input technology used in most Tablet PCs, which it calls "Penabled Technology".