Digital pen

Digital pen
A Wacom digital pen

A digital pen is an input device which captures the handwriting or brush strokes of a user, converts handwritten analog information created using "pen and paper" into digital data, enabling the data to be utilized in various applications. For example, the writing data can be digitized and uploaded to a computer and displayed on its monitor. The data can then be interpreted by handwriting software (OCR) and used in different applications or just as graphics.

A digital pen is generally larger and has more features than a stylus. Digital pens typically contain internal electronics, and have features such as touch sensitivity, input buttons, memory, writing data transmission capabilities, and electronic erasers.[1]


Technology groups

Accelerometer Accelerometer based digital pens contain components that detect movement of the pen and contact with the writing surface.

Positional Position based digital pens use a facility to detect the location of the tip during writing. Some models can be found on graphics tablets made popular by Wacom.

Camera Camera based pens use special digital paper to detect where the stylus contacts the writing surface. , such as those using Anoto technology.

Products List

Polyvision Eno uses the Anoto dot pattern and digital pen technology
Wacom Inkling, an digital pen for drawiing
Logipen NOTES
Logitech io Pen
The Maxell digital pen "Penit"
Nokia Digital Pen SU-1B
Atary Digital Pen can be used as regular pen or as a stylus with a Teflon adapter.
Atary Digital Pen

See also


Parts and tools
blotting paper · ink blotter · inkwell · nib (flex nibs)  · penknife · pounce
pen inks Related
caligraphy · cartooning · mechanical pencil

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