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Accessory: The Nokia Digital Pen SU-1B

April 16, 2006 in Nokia Phone Accessories

Here’s another oddball product from the Nokia “huh?” department of Bluetooth accessories: the Nokia Digital Pen SU-1B. What is it? What does it do? Find out more in the extended entry.

Nokia Digitial Pen SU-1B

The Nokia Digital Pen SU-1B: Not Your Normal Writing Instrument.

The Nokia Digital Pen SU-1B

The digital pen operates just like a normal pen – pick it up, write, and voila – you can upload your writings as a .gif and MMS send it to your favorite people (and probably costing them a fortune in MMS costs). There’s only one caveat: you need to write on special paper. The special paper I’m talking about has something called “magic boxes” that report exactly where the pen is on the paper.

Unfortunately, when writing with “the pen,” you aren’t only writing digitally – there’s actually ink cartridges in the pen that actually dispense ink which means you’ll be throwing out a lot of special paper unless you purchase the (sold separately) laminated MMS cards. These cards let you wipe off what you’ve written.

One cool feature is the ability to add colors to an image by ticking off certain boxes on the special pads. Bluetooth connectivity also lets you send your images to your Bluetooth compatible phone. However, you can’t directly link the digital pen to your PC, you’ll need to use your phone as a go-between. (weird, right?) Tthe pen itself stores 100 sheets of A5 paper in memory.

The retail package for “the pen” comes with two types of paper – normal “A5″ sized and a smaller MMS sized card. Note that these are not the laminated versions.

Handwriting recognition: negative. However, you can buy software that reads images and converts them into text – since the Nokia Digital Pen stores its images as .GIF files, you really shouldn’t have any problems getting compatible software.

“The pen” retails for $359 USD, quite a hefty price to pay for a pen that can write (digitally) for about 2 hours.




3:12 pm

The only software I could find to translate the image to text is here:

It doesn’t work for my handwriting (my characters wind up connected instead of each one spaced apart). But if you have relatively neat handwriting (characters properly separated) then it should work for you. You train it and go!


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