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Smaller, sharper digital pen hits market

Logitech has developed a new version of its digital pen, which can digitise handwritten text.

The latest model features increased storage capacity and improved handwriting recognition capabilities, according to the company.

The Logitech IO2 Digital Writing System includes the digital pen and software that can convert the digitised handwriting into fiel types including Microsoft documents, plain text files or JPeg images, according to Vanessa Mills, senior marketing manager at Logitech.

A camera behind the pen's ballpoint tip reads the text on special digital "paper" and records the pen strokes into its flash memory. Digital paper is normal paper that contains thousands of individual dots used to plot the movement of pen strokes. The pen can write on normal paper, but will not record that data.

Digital pens make handwritten notes searchable after they have been converted into text. Hospitals have found the digital pens handy as personnel can instantly digitise medical records, Mills said.

In addition to targeting the vertical markets, Logitech is also working with Salesforce.com so sales teams can instantly digitise documents into Salesforce's CRM software.

The IO2 Digital Pen is about 30% smaller than the Logitech IO, which was launched late last year and its flash memory has been increased to 40Mbytes.

The pen can also store "identities" - handwriting profiles for different individuals - said Karen Hoskins, a company spokeswoman.

Agam Shah writes for IDG News Service


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