Despite all advances of modern tech, nothing beats the confidence and performance of a standard pen. There are no batteries, no circuitry – just paper, pen, and insight. Although much can be created digitally, many will argue that a deft hand and quality instrument has no equal.
However, there is one company that understands the love and accuracy of writing with pencils and pens. Instead of attempting to replace a pen, they chose to adopt technology around it. Whatever one wrote on paper with the Equil Smartpen would be simultaneously digitized on a connected device. But that was their original product, as Equil has followed up with a new and improved model that’s compatible with Windows, Mac OS, Android, and iOS.
The Equil Smartpen 2 is currently funding on Indiegogo and is well past its modest goal. If you’re not familiar with Equil’s Smartpen, think Tony Stark as Iron Man. You’ve got the basic human component, but with all the fancy, powerful gadgetry wrapped around.
Being that it’s a pen first, the Equil Smartpen 2 works just like a standard ballpoint on regular paper. It can be any paper from a sticky note up to size A4. What makes the Equil Smartpen 2 advanced is the technology and included sensor to track and record the pen’s position. Every mark made on the paper is instantaneously reproduced on a digital screen. From there, the notes or drawings can be saved, backed up to the cloud, or shared with others.
Just like with the original Smartpen, the Equil Smartpen 2 comes with a handy charging cradle that doubles as a case, the smartpen itself, and the receiver. But this latest packs some big improvements over its predecessor. The Smartpen 2 receiver has indicators for battery life and charging, as well as a switch for Bluetooth and a button to create new pages. The Equil Smartpen 2 now has internal storage, and, maybe most importantly, has OCR and handwriting recognition. All of those scribbly notes can be quickly turned into coherent words within a document.
Check out the Equil Smartpen 2 campaign on Indiegogo for more photos and information. Pledge quick, as there’s only a couple weeks to go!