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My Next Pen

July 4th, 2006 · No Comments

Given all the writing (on paper) I do, this story in The New York Times caught my attention:

Recently Mr. Hultin made a small, effective change in his note-taking life: he bought a digital pen. The device looks like a slightly plump ballpoint, and works like any ballpoint. But inside this gadget are a tiny camera and an optical sensor that record the pen’s motions as he writes, and a microprocessor that digitizes the words, sketches and diagrams that the optics detect.

When he docks the pen in its cradle connected to a USB port, the handwritten notes flow in a digitized stream into his computer and are processed by software, reappearing almost immediately on his monitor in his handwriting. “All the notes I’ve written are sucked into the computer, and there they are on the screen,” he said.

His pen, called io2, is sold by Logitech of Fremont, Calif., for about $200.

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