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01. 19. 2007

CES: Wowpen Memo digital pen


I left CES with around 20 free pens. I went a little crazy with it. "Hmm, yes, that's very interesting...eh, do you have any pens?" I'm thinking of starting a pen blog where every entry is scanned in after being written with the pen I'm talking about. People could send in their unusual pens from around the world for review. I'd call it "Pengadget." One for a rainy day I suppose. The best pen I saw at the show was not for walking away with. The Wowpen Memo requires the user to clip a little device to the top of any sheet of paper of any size. The writer then does their thing, taking notes, sketching, whatever. Once done, the little clip device plugs into the USB port of your computer, where it transfers all your notes and other doodlings to your PC, ready to be viewed onscreen. I think it uses a technology called "magic." You can even convert your notes to text providing you have handwriting recognition software.

Unfortunately, you'll have to wait a while before the Wowpen Memo comes out. Wowpen makes other cool input devices though, so check them out on their site.

Oh, hold on. That wasn't the best pen at CES. My favourite was the free Belkin pen that had mini post-it notes built-in. Send photos of your favourite pen to stuart@pengadget.com. Gah! Don't bother, the domain is already taken. Stupid link farms.


Posted by Stuart    Category: CES 2007 | devices
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Yeah, but it doesn't require the "smart digital paper" that Logitech's does.


I have the Nokia Digital Pen which uses Anoto tech. While the limitation of the Nokia (and the IO Digital Pen) is that you must use them on specially printed paper (readily available online and can be printed yourself), this technology is otherwise awesome. Check out the EasyBook m3 system for it. The handwriting recognition is incredibly accurate (I tested it at 90% average..no training/learning...and I write sloppy). It does a bunch of dandy things. You can "draw" tables and it will convert it automatically to an Excel speadsheet, filled in even with whatever you wrote! Will keep an eye out for this new one though. I am not affiliated with anyone..I just LOVE this technology and can't wait for it to get better.

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