Smartpens are nothing new, but this one doesn’t need special paper to work. Just write on a normal notepad, and your scribbles will appear on your device like magic.
Instead of needing special paper, it uses ultrasound and infrared to pinpoint the pen’s position on the paper, and sends that information to your device, whether it be an iOS or Android mobile device, PC or Mac.
Just open the app on your device, put the sensor at the top of the page, and start writing. The Smartpen 2 does the rest.
As well as putting your handwritten notes and sketches straight onto your device, the Smartpen 2 can also back them up to the cloud. It’s compatible with Dropbox, Evernote and iCloud, so you can access your notes wherever you are, whenever you want.
It has more than 600 levels of pen sensitivity, and has its own case that charges it on the go. It syncs to your phone or tablet over Bluetooth.
You can tag your notes and sketches so it’s easy to find what you want, and you can enhance them by adding photos, maps and audio files.
It comes with two apps: Note and Sketch. Note lets you write and can translate your handwriting into typed text, so you don’t have to type them up. Sketch lets you import backgrounds, draw and paint with all different kinds of brushes, add layers, and export your creations to apps like Photoshop.
It’s already passed its funding goal on Indiegogo, raising $132,000 of a $50,000 target. If you want to pledge support and get one for yourself when it ships in October, head there now.
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