Tuesday, 15 February 2005

Digital Pen and Paper

Considering I was only just talking about the design qualities of the ol'Bic biro yesterday, I noticed today that there is a lot of excitement at the moment about new "digital pen and paper" from HP and Nokia. Apparently this is a real bonus for organisations that need to fill out lots of forms - the information can be captured on paper and digital format at the same time so it can be transferred into a database.

According to this report in ARNnet each pen costs US$199, but rest assured that if you happen to lose one it can be deactivated. Maybe I'm missing something, but surely the types of environment (and users) that might use this solution are probably the type that are going to lose a lot of pens? (this is just based on my own experiences of course...)

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