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.