[NTLK] Smart Pens (was: Big question)

R A Parker RAParker at Newted.ORG
Thu Nov 24 16:42:06 EST 2011

On Nov 24, 2011, at 1:10 PM, "Tony Kan" wrote:

> My trouble is:  I like fountain pens to write with.

I haven't seen a fountain pen attachment for the smart pen. However, I don't believe it's impossible, though. After all, it's not about the ink. It's about the dot paper.

> Intriguing.  I suppose the Samsung Note and other devices with bigger 7"
> screens can now bring the advantages of the Newton as a note taking device to a modern audience.

Most definitely. There is a real and obvious advantage of "direct screen input" and recognition of handwriting, when note-taking is needed. 

Converting text from the Smart Pen's "ink" to the computer, is hokie at best. I seriously doubt that this current "Windows" method of conversion will stand the test of time. For the Smart Pen to be a continued success, and not forever a niche product, all of this conversion process needs to be bypassed, seamless and and more natural, entirely intuitive. Users must believe that it's just a (magic) pen and all the magic must be immediate. End users cannot be expected to "convert" their pages.

Thanks for your input, Tony!

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