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Tag Archives: Digital-Pens

Groqit Remembers Your Purchases Even If You Don’t

Groqit (Image courtesy Groqit, LLC.) By Andrew Liszewski

If you’ve ever accidentally bought the same album, book or DVD twice because you forget you already had a copy at home, then to be honest, you have too many albums, books or DVDs. (Seriously, you don’t need to serve as a redundant backup for the Library of Congress.) But if you just can’t help yourself, and don’t want to carry long lists of what you already own, the Groqit will serve as your own personal librarian. It’s basically a pen-sized scanner that reads, stores and organizes barcodes from most consumer products. So the next time you’re at the store and aren’t sure if you already own a particular item, you can just scan the barcode and the Groqit will let you know if it’s already in your collection.

While it only has 128MB of storage on-board, that’s enough to keep track of more than a million barcodes, so there’s a good chance you’re not going to fill it up in your lifetime. One feature I particularly like is the company’s online service that will not only translate the barcode data into actual product info, but also allows you to share your lists with others. So the next time you’re trying to pick out a DVD for a friend’s birthday, you can avoid the embarrassment of choosing a title they already own. The Groqit pen is available on their site for $95, while the online service is $4.95 a month.

[ Groqit ] VIA [ Crave ]

OhGizmo! Review – EPOS Digital Pen & USB Flash Drive

EPOS Digital Pen & USB Flash Drive (Image property of OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

When I first read about this whole ‘digital pen’ trend a year or so ago, I really wasn’t sure if there was a market for the devices as most people now rely on computers, cellphones and PDAs when it comes to communicating or jotting down notes. But based on the feedback I got from my review of the FLY Fusion Pentop Computer there’s definitely a large group of consumers looking for a way to bridge the gap between writing with a keyboard and writing with a pen or pencil.

Over the past year the EPOS Digital Pen has popped up on OhGizmo! from time to time in various prototype forms, but now that the pen is finally hitting the market I had an opportunity to see what it was capable of and how it compares to the FLY Fusion. You can check out my full review of the EPOS Digital Pen & USB Flash Drive, complete with plenty of photos, after the jump.

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IOGEAR Mobile Digital Scribe

IOGEAR Mobile Digital Scribe (Images courtesy IOGEAR)
By Andrew Liszewski

It looks like IOGEAR is jumping on the digital pen bandwagon with their own offering, the Mobile Digital Scribe. So far there have been two camps developing when it comes to digital pen technology. One side uses special paper covered in a nearly invisible dot pattern and a camera-equipped pen to track its motion, while the other side uses a separate device and some form or wireless technology to do the same. The Mobile Digital Scribe falls into that second camp, and I have to say it’s probably the side I’m leaning towards. I like the fact that special paper or writing surfaces aren’t needed, and the separate device used to track the motion and store the data allows the pen itself to be normal sized.

Like with the other digital pens coming to the market, the Mobile Digital Scribe includes the necessary software to convert your handwritten notes into text which can be edited in your word processor or easily emailed. You can also choose to convert sketches or drawings directly into JPEG images, or even use the Digital Scribe as a virtual tablet while the receiver is connected to your PC.

While it doesn’t appear to be as fancy or feature-rich as other digital pens, the Mobile Digital Scribe does have the advantage of actually being available right now from IOGEAR for $129.95.

[ IOGEAR Mobile Digital Scribe ] VIA [ I4U News ]

Send Text Messages With The D:Scribe Pen

D:Scribe Pen

By Luke Anderson

I’ve always had poor handwriting, especially with cursive. Nowadays I can blame it on the fact that I type everything, but when I was a kid there was really no excuse, except that I was usually in a hurry when writing. Needless to say, I can type much faster than I write, and it looks better too. However, for those of you that enjoy writing everything, or to send text online, here’s an interesting concept design.

The D:Scribe is a pen that recognizes your handwriting, and sends SMS messages that you scribble down. It communicates with your phone via Bluetooth to send the messages. It can also store your doodles, which can be retrieved on your computer at a later time.

VIA [ Yanko Design ]

Nokia’s SU-27W Digital Pen Adds Bluetooth

Nokia SU-27W (Image courtesy Nokia)
By Andrew Liszewski

Nokia appears to be the latest company jumping into the digital pen market with their new SU-27W model. It actually bears a striking resemblance to the FLY Fusion Pen, but Nokia’s offering sets itself apart with the addition of bluetooth. Not only does this mean you can wirelessly connect the pen to a bluetooth-equipped PC, but it also means hand-written notes or drawings can be uploaded to a bluetooth-equipped cellphone.

The pen has a paltry 1.3MB of storage on-board, but that equates to around 100 pages of A5 sized paper. When fully charged you can write for about 3 hours, but the battery should survive nearly 20 hours with the pen in standby mode. If you don’t have any bluetooth-friendly devices the pen can still connect to a PC and transfer notes via a USB cable, and like the FLY Fusion it does require special dot-pattern paper in order to work.

Nokia is apparently planning to launch the pen on December 20 for about $240 from their online store. If you’re not a fan of typing out text messages or emails on a numeric keypad, this sounds like a good use for the digital pen technology.

[ Nokia SU-27W (Google Translated) ] VIA [ Mobile Whack ]