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    June 2nd, 2008

    ♫ These things we do to keep the flame burnin
    And write our fire in the sky
    Another day to see the world turnin
    Another avenue to try…♫

    Words and music by Paul Brady, recorded by Bonnie Raitt.

    Not all of us are fortunate to have a Tablet PC.  Those that do can flip over the screen, take out a stylus and start to draw right on the screen, seeing their drawings and writing transformed into a digital document before their eyes.  This is the digital version of paper!

    For the rest of us, IOGEAR ( has brought out an electronic pen and receiver that can be used with any PC.  While others have brought out electronic pens in the past, they all had to use a special type of paper in order to work. Not so with the Mobile Digital Scribe. This electronic pen works on any type of paper. You can use the MDS while connected to your PC or not: if you are connected, the receiver will pick up the signals and you will see your drawing right on the screen. If you are away from your PC, you can store the drawings for later transmission to the PC.

    Handwriting recognition software will attempt to recognize your handwriting and OCR it (it helps to have good handwriting – I think my handwriting will need some polish before this is reasonably possible).

    You can also use the pen as a mouse by replacing the ink cartridge with an inkless one and pressing a special button on the pen.

    For those of us who are keyboard-challenged and who don’t use Voice Recognition, the emergence of digital pens will allow us to write our fire in the sky by giving us another avenue to try.

    This entry was posted on Monday, June 2nd, 2008 at 8:44 pm and is filed under Change Management, personal focus and renewal, Technology, Trends. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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