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Linux-Based Smartpen Heads For Kickstarter 69

Posted by timothy
from the veil-spass-beim-kuli dept.
DeviceGuru writes with a snippet from LinuxGizmos: "A Linux-based digital pen from German startup Lernstift will go live on Kickstarter on July 10 for about 115 Euros, or $148. The Lernstift pen incorporates an ARM Cortex processor, a WiFi module, and a motion sensor, and is designed to correct penmanship, spelling, and grammar errors as you write. A set of 3D motion sensors, including a gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer help the smartpen's embedded Linux computer calculate the pen's 3D movements and generate 2D vectors. Kickstarter supporters pledging 99 Pounds (about 115 Euros, or $148 U.S.) will receive the first shipment of pens later this year, and standard pricing is expected to start at 130-150 Euros when production devices ship in early 2014."
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Linux-Based Smartpen Heads For Kickstarter

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  • will it look like a penguin?
  • by Anonymous Coward

    this is never going to actually materialize. you need some sort of absolute position detection, a la livescribe's special paper pattern and camera embedded in the pen.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I can fix my spelling & penmanship by typing everything into a computer. The grammar? It's never going to get better than it is right now because I'm old, I'm set in my ways, and I already have too many signs prepared telling people to get off of my lawn.

    • by gl4ss (559668)

      I can fix my spelling & penmanship by typing everything into a computer. The grammar? It's never going to get better than it is right now because I'm old, I'm set in my ways, and I already have too many signs prepared telling people to get off of my lawn.

      well they had to think of something smart for it to do... just copying 2d shape saving is from last decade.

  • and I love Linux, but I have no desire to combine the two. Writing by hand is just one of those things I have to do sometimes but not enough to invest in this kind of thing.

    • by hawguy (1600213)

      and I love Linux, but I have no desire to combine the two. Writing by hand is just one of those things I have to do sometimes but not enough to invest in this kind of thing.

      I prefer to take notes by pen rather than computer - I find that I listen better when I write versus when I type.

      If this pen lets me write *and* will record a searchable electronic version of my notes including digrams and automatically uploaded via Wifi, then I think it's fantastic. I used an electronic notepad years ago that promised the same, but it required a Windows host, the OCR was horrible and even the digitized bitmap version of the page wasn't that great - as far as I know, it captured bitmaps rat

      • You make a lot of interesting points here, I was never much of a note-taker. I have always found such multitasking difficult and end up missing half the meeting/lecture and the notes are effectively useless as a result. But I can see where you're coming from. Now, this on the other hand:

        The grammar/spelling correction features of this pen don't sound that useful for me, since when I want prefect writing, I use a computer.

        I can't help with that one ^_^

  • by Anonymous Coward

    unless it sucks my dick then it costs too much

  • I could buy 10,000 ball point pens from Office Depot. Which do you think will last longer?

  • Not for geeks (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Doug Otto (2821601) on Tuesday July 09, 2013 @11:35AM (#44226101)
    From TFA, it's a learning tool for kids.
  • The main problem with gmarr/\/\/\/\/ grammar checking is that the error is already written if the pen vibrates.
  • Livescribe (Score:4, Interesting)

    by EmperorOfCanada (1332175) on Tuesday July 09, 2013 @11:43AM (#44226211)
    I have a livescribe pen and love many of its features. But their software is a bag of cloud crap. Basically in order to use the pen I have to sign in to their cloud stuff. Then they really try to get me to use EverNote (of hacked account fame). Then there is the fact that I need to buy their notebooks. And then on top of all that the tiny screen on the pen basically vanished on a recent firmware upgrade.

    All I want to do it make notes and turn them into PDFs. If I want to "cloud" them then I will do that myself.
    If this Lernstift pen gets good reviews and they keep it simple then there is a 100% chance that I will be upgrading to their product. Seeing that I love my Livescribe despite its serious flaws I would fall deeply in love with a pen that didn't require special paper, looked nice, and didn't stray from the core functionality of recording my scribbles. Most importantly if it didn't make me log in to some stupid cloud stuff.
    • by Dcnjoe60 (682885)

      I have a livescribe pen and love many of its features. But their software is a bag of cloud crap. Basically in order to use the pen I have to sign in to their cloud stuff. Then they really try to get me to use EverNote (of hacked account fame). Then there is the fact that I need to buy their notebooks. And then on top of all that the tiny screen on the pen basically vanished on a recent firmware upgrade.

      All I want to do it make notes and turn them into PDFs. If I want to "cloud" them then I will do that myself.

      If this Lernstift pen gets good reviews and they keep it simple then there is a 100% chance that I will be upgrading to their product. Seeing that I love my Livescribe despite its serious flaws I would fall deeply in love with a pen that didn't require special paper, looked nice, and didn't stray from the core functionality of recording my scribbles. Most importantly if it didn't make me log in to some stupid cloud stuff.

      I, too, use livescribe all the time and it is great except for the issues you point out. That said, you are able to print off your own notebooks, which mitigates one of the complaints. Maybe it is because I'm older, but I find that I can take notes much quicker with pen and paper than with a laptop or tablet (and I do type 60 wpm). That plus the audio recording is fantastic.

      The only real complaint that I have with my livescribe is that there isn't a linux client. At work we run Windows so it isn't a proble

      • Re:Livescribe (Score:4, Interesting)

        by Dcnjoe60 (682885) on Tuesday July 09, 2013 @03:00PM (#44228837)

        After further reading, the lemstift pen is nothing like a livescribe. It doesn't store or transmit documents and doesn't appear that it is intended to do anything more than to work on penmanship, spelling and grammar. Too bad, at $145US per pen, there aren't going to be many school kids who can afford such a device. Something at that price point that made up for the shortcomings of livescribe, might catch the attention of business purchasers, however.

  • WTF? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by gstoddart (321705) on Tuesday July 09, 2013 @11:54AM (#44226327) Homepage

    The Lernstift pen incorporates an ARM Cortex processor, a WiFi module, and a motion sensor, and is designed to correct penmanship, spelling, and grammar errors as you write

    Let me start of by saying "what the hell?", and move on to pointing out that auto-correct on mobile keyboards is a pain in the ass, and in a pen would only be worse.

    There's no way in hell a pen is gonna help with my atrocious penmanship. This sounds like a solution in search of a problem to me.

    But, hey, it's vaporware, runs Linux, and is on kickstarter -- which means someone is going "oooh, gotta get me some of that".

    Now get off my damned lawn, you kids and your fancy wi-fi pens. You'll put someone's eye out!

  • by H0p313ss (811249) on Tuesday July 09, 2013 @12:14PM (#44226581)

    Is it just me or does any sentence with "linux-based" "smart" and "kickstarter" scare the willies out of you too?

    • by Anonymous Coward
      It's just you.
  • So there are still people using pen out there ?
  • I haven't handwritten anything in almost 20 years except for Doctor's interview paperwork, and a couple of essays for a Luddite community college professor. I even take notes on a tablet now. This device seems to be at least one human generation out of usefulness
  • I'd love to write you a letter but my pen needs charging.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    They don't say it in their video, but the picture has a smart phone that has a perfect copy of the handwriting in its app. That isn't going to happen with inertial sensors - they just don't accurately measure position... I bet they can try to recognize letters, etc. but the real value of a smart pen, in my opinion, would be to capture the pen strokes - I'm sure that's what their backers are hoping for. The whole project seems slightly misleading to me.

  • If it comes with a spell checker and undo option, I am all in.

  • A solid state, gyroscopically controlled, wireless input tool. Why, if we'd had that technology back in the day, we'd still be making and selling buggy whips, I tell you.
  • This pen corrects grammar errors and comes from Germany, for sure it has been designed by a grammar nazi!!!
  • by ne0n (884282)
    I recall these being used with disastrous results by Rita Skeeter. Hope the autocorrect is better than the abomination installed in every iPhone since the beginning.
  • The Gumsticks boards themselves are $100+; offering a whole pen based on it for $149 seems rather ambitious.

  • Where the f is the link to kickstarter? How hard would have been to include that in the summary? these type of amateur write ups are annoying as hell
  • So I can save ~20 and take a (1 in 3, 1 in 4?) chance this will never actually ship - or ship so late somebody else will have done it better? You're going to have to give me better odds than that.

  • I haven't handwritten anything in almost 20 years except for Doctor's interview paperwork, and a couple of essays for a Luddite community college professor. I even take notes on a tablet now. This device seems to be at least one human generation out of usefulnesshttp://computersbds.blogspot.com/ [slashdot.org]">please visit it

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