A digital pen or smart pen, is an input device which captures the handwriting or brush strokes of a user and converts handwritten analog information created using "pen and paper" into digital data, enabling the data to be utilized in various applications. This type of pen is usually used in conjunction with a digital notebook, although the data can also be used for different applications or simply as a graphic.
A digital pen is generally larger and has more features than an active pen. Digital pens typically contain internal electronics and have features such as touch sensitivity, input buttons, memory for storing handwriting data and transmission capabilities.
The input device captures the handwriting data, that, once digitized, can be uploaded to a computer and displayed on its monitor. The data can then be interpreted by handwriting software (OCR) to allow the digital pen to act as a text entry interface and be used in different applications or just as graphics.
Some pens are equipped with a digital recording device that allows to use them as intelligent Dictaphone. They can be used, for example for students to record the voice of the master while taking notes. Then you may hear a sound segment associated with a digital notebook area, playing area with the tip of the pen.
|Manufacturer||Product||Uses Anoto pattern||Remarks|
|Canon||IRISNotes||n||Smart Pen from Canon|
|Apple||Apple Pencil||n||a digital pen for Ipad Pro|
|Nokia||Digital Pen SU-1B||y|
|Oxford Papershow||Trackball pen||y||The technology involves a USB key to synchronise with the digital pen enabling instant connectivity between pen and PC.|
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