IRISNotes Executive 2 pen
$149 at irislink.com
I’d rather type into a computer than scribble with a pen. That’s partly because my handwrting’s lousy, but mainly because typed text is instantly digitized and ready for e-mailing and printing. But here’s a pen that turns your scrawls into digital text.
The IRISNotes system uses a ballpoint pen with a wireless transmitter inside. You also get a little recording device that clips to the paper you’re writing on. IRISNotes captures your handwriting by detecting the motions of the pen across the paper. Next, you plug the recording device into a computer or an Apple iPad, and use software to download your writings. On the screen you see the exact image of the words you wrote on paper. The software then attempts to translate your handwriting into digital text that can be loaded into word processors or e-mail programs.
It all works surprisingly well, though I recommend it only to people with very good penmanship. The software had some trouble making out my scratchings. Still, if you’ve got decent handwriting and want an effective way to turn your words into digital text, the IRISNotes system is worth a look.
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