Coming February 12, 2011: The Pentel airpenPocket, a digital writing device that promises handwriting-to-text data entry as well as drawing-to-image capabilities via Bluetooth. Though similar devices have been on the market for some time, Pentel’s advantage is the Bluetooth capability, which allows transmission of text and image data to PC as well as smartphones, tablets and other Bluetooth devices. Ditching the traditional USB cable method of transfer will enable users to share and sync information more quickly and easily, a no-brainer in improving digital pen technology.
With a 2MB capacity and 10-meter range, as well as claiming a 90-hour battery life, the pen seems fit for extended use. The airpenPocket is for use with A4 paper, slightly thinner and longer than standard notebook or printing paper at 8.3 x 11.7 inches.
The true test will be the handwriting conversion capability, though–other digital pens are notoriously weak in this regard. If Pentel can overcome the challenge of decrypting scrawled notes into text documents, however, one of these will be in my hand soon enough.