Before the art of putting pen to paper completely goes extinct, it is getting an opportunity for a few high tech improvements. The Lernstift pen pictured above is a German creation that is able to analyze your child’s writing in real time (or your own if you feel like you need it), and provide him with two types of corrections: orthographic and calligraphic. In calligraphy mode, the pen will vibrate when it sees that the letter doesn’t look right; maybe that ‘b’ is really supposed to be a ‘d’, for example. In orthography mode, the pen will vibrate for spelling and grammatical mistakes; once for the former and twice for the latter.
It comes decked out with a bunch of sensors and chips. Things like pressure sensors and WiFi, and even motion sensors are included to give you the ability to write in the air, should no paper be present. It’s all running off Linux, but of course we have no idea how well it performs. Given the wide range of writing styles, it would be surprising if it managed to achieve its task with an acceptable degree of accuracy.
It’s slated for release in August of this year, though there is no official price. A figure of €120-€150 (or roughly $160 to $200) is being floated, though isn’t concrete. And you can pre-order now, though it’s more of a statement of intent rather than a binding sales contract.