Often the greatest inventions are just new iterations of products we already have. Upgrading your shock-resistant CD player for an iPod revolutionized the way you listen to music while you travel or work out and exchanging your rotary phone for a smartphone truly revolutionized the way you communicate and stay connected. Now smartpens are revolutionizing the way you take notes, sketch and capture your thoughts. On their own and with tablets, they also hold the power to completely transform data capture, content creation, and collaboration workflows for businesses large and small.
Kickstarter success and consumer applications: Neo Smartpen N2
MyScript customer NeoLAB Convergence set out to create an industry-leading smartpen that wouldn’t hinder the deeply personal experience traditional writing provides. Originally just a concept, NeoLAB turned to Kickstarter to raise the funds to transform its idea into reality. With the goal of raising $16,360, they blew that number out of the water reaching a total of $359,112 through more than 2,200 backers. The project was selected as a Kickstarter “Staff Pick” and a top three tech product making it one of the most successful projects on the site. Drastically exceeding its goal, the project was able to move forward and bring the idea to fruition.
NeoLAB created the digital pen called Neo smartpen N2 and an app called Neo Notes. The pen is an innovative mobile technology designed to feel just like your favorite ballpoint pen. Bridging the gap between analog writing and digital note taking, it works on any code-printed notebook or paper but leverages a micro gyroscope that records your strokes as you write. No need to even turn it on because it records automatically. It takes the natural feeling of jotting something down on paper and duplicates it into an electronic version that is stored in your phone, tablet or computer. N2 can store up to 1,000 pages, which are auto-archived by date, location and page. The notes or sketches can then be viewed later and shared or organized on your mobile device.
Working with MyScript, the N2 smartpen and Neo Notes transcribes handwritten notes into digital text through MyScript’s handwriting recognition technology so you can easily search your notes anytime, anywhere. It is smart note taking.
“There are three advantages of the digital method ― the abilities to share, reproduce and store. We believed if we can combine these advantages with the analogue method, with which people are more familiar, we can create valuable things,” NeoLAB Convergence CEO Lee Sang-gyu said. The pen and app are already earning great feedback from its users.
In late March, XMS Penvision announced that its Formidable digital writing platform now supports the Neo smartpen N2. The hybrid digital writing solution effectively bridges traditional pen and paper with tablet and smartphone devices to offer a natural and cohesive writing experience for business users. The Neo smartpen N2 takes digital pen technology to a smarter level by adding features that enable tighter integration and immediate data validation via iOS and Android tablets and smartphones. It offers a small, attractive and lightweight form factor at a price point that suits many processes, workers and markets where paper is still required.
Formidable provides a simple web-based platform that enables the set up, completion and output in digital format of business forms. Leveraging MyScript technology, handwritten input is captured and converted to digital text at the point of entry on either tablet/smartphone screens or normal paper via digital pen.
The solution’s unique and compelling business proposition means forms can be written and completed in the field as normal and converted to data files and electronic documents for immediate integration to back office applications and document management systems. The inherent delay, cost of handling, and loss caused by manual data capture is a major financial burden for all businesses. The Formidable solution leveraging the Neo smartpen N2 effectively addresses these challenges, making its return on investment rapid. Click here to learn more about the solution.
So now let’s not ask if the pen is mightier than the keyboard. In fact, the pen is now mightier than ever and can easily co-exist with other mobile devices in the digital world.
Note to developers: To learn how you can incorporate MyScript’s handwriting recognition technology in your next app or solution, click here.