New digital pen using ultrasound and infrared
12, 18. 2008
Digital pen that is convenient for use while attending a meeting, during business negotiations or on move
Pental Co. put on the market on Nov. 28 the new "airpenMINI" digital pens that use ultrasound and infrared for digitalizing and duplicating handwritings.
As the user of the pen writes sentences or draws pictures on a sheet of paper, the pen transmits signals by ultrasound and infrared in the way that a receiving unit fitted with a memory device digitalizes and records the signals of the handwriting and drawing. The writing and drawing can be duplicated at any time later.
The receiving unit is so light and compact that it can be carried in a pen case or clipped on the top edge of a regular-size notebook.
Also, the new product is equipped with a device to sense the pressure on the tip of the pen, which will work to reduce the uncomfortable feeling that the users of other digital pens might have. Thus the pen can be used with almost the same feeling as that of ordinary pens.
The new product changes the handwritten characters to the text form when it uploads the data on a PC. This makes it easier to search for written memos and also makes it possible to upload illustrations and maps to the BMP, JPEG and SVG.
The memory capacity of the new product is 2 MB, or equivalent to about 100 pages of A5-size sheets of paper. The maximum area of writing with the pen is that of A5.
The receiving unit uses a lithium-ion rechargeable battery and it can be used continuously for 15 hours at single charging. The pen can be used continuously for about 90 hours.
It is priced at 14,800 yen.