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Feb 15, 2011

Qualcomm's Ultrasonic Pen Demo Transcribes From Paper To Device



The pen can be equipped with an actual ink pen or a simple nub, and there's a battery-powered transceiver inside. Using standard, off-the-shelf microphones on a mobile device, your future phone or tablet could pick up vibrations from the pen with a radius of around 30 centimeters.

Underlying Epos software is used to convert vibration and coordinate information into text, and from there, any 'ole text app can be used to field the results. It's a fairly impressive feat, and there's some pretty obvious usage case scenarios here -- this could easily reinvent the art of note taking in class, where those who prefer to jot down reminders on paper will be able to log those same bullet points on their laptop as they scribble.
 
 

19 comments:

Polybius said...

Looks like a very useful gadget.

1904 Blogger said...

bad ass

shishimaru said...

oh... my... god...

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Rondariel said...

Yep. Although with increased range this could be used for more than just note taking...

lovebloggin said...

that thing is sweet!

dubmixt said...

I've used a few of these types of paper to comp note taking gadgets. One of them was pretty useful.

Alixander said...

Soon keyboards will be an outdated technology too, huh.

S. Perry said...

If this is you want you lose.... I lost.

Lost.in.Idaho said...

It will make note PASSING even more fun as well!

Raw said...

I saw this, it seems awesome.

Niko said...

That's pretty neat that it uses vibrations to make the images.

Zoe! said...

very cool

Mister Sharaf said...

great post

mind said...

so much drawing is coming

Guys I'm Freaking Out!!! said...

Holy shit - that's awesome.

Con Queso said...

pretty awesome. Sounds pricey though. Tablets are pretty expensive for nice ones, but cheap ones go for $80 or something.

Ramsay said...

Wow this is pretty useful technology, not only can you make notes but you can make text of anything you see on the streets (i.e. signs, advertisements) hell if the range is increased you could take a picture of a chalkboard (granted the quality was good enough)

Vernin said...

Gimmie Gimmie!
I want!
I neeeed!

Brownzspd said...

so much drawing is coming