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German penmaker Stabilo had a stand at CES Unveiled today showing off its forthcoming Digipen product, offering digital handwriting recognition with a simple Bluetooth-connected ballpoint pen.

The Digipen includes sensors for measuring acceleration and rotation, position and movement along with a 2048-level pressure sensor. The result is a Bluetooth-connected pen that can transmit your written notes in plain text, allowing you to take notes in meetings and more in a more natural way.

From the brief demonstration at Stabilo’s booth today, it looks like the Digipen will need a dedicated app, but in the long run it could find a use as an alternative keyboard input method on your Android device.

It’s early days yet – the pen isn’t quite ready for release, but we’ll be watching for its release in the coming months.

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Jason Murray
Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!
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Will Dutton

any vague idea on a release date?

Will Dutton

I would by this in a heart beat, i really like the idea of taking my notes on paper and having them synced digitally