Video – Smartpen Draws on Paper and then Straight onto Smart Phone

I’m always on the lookout for cool new drawing technologies and this YouTube video of JungGi Kim drawing with the NEO1 Smartpen caught my eye and made me ask the question “how are they doing that?” Sorry, I’m a nerd about technology and I just need to know.

At the World IT Show last year NeoLAB Convergence, Inc. showed off a new user interface, or UI solution that converts a users’ handwritten notes or drawings into a series of 0 and 1 digital signals that are then uploaded to the screen of any smart phone, or tablet PC. The fountain pen-shaped Neo1 smart pen is nothing more than a ultra-tiny computer that talks to a special coded paper. So how does it work? Well, it starts with the special dot-coded paper, or notebook, which is printed with a lot of ultra-tiny dots. Each of the dots is assigned a coordinate. The user starts writing or drawing with the Neo1 smart pen on the special paper and the built-in optical IR sensor keeps track of what the pen writes down and analyzes the coordinates. Then immediately uploads the information to the smart phone, or tablet. It sounds so simple, if I was from the future.

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    Having grown up on the shores of Maui, Hawaii, Norm has always had a love for drawing. Since leaving the Islands’ beautiful beaches and landing in Oregon he went to college and received a degree in graphic design. Now living in Beaverton, Oregon, Norm has been working as a full-time graphic designer and illustrator for the last 12 years. He has spent countless hours perfecting his craft as a freelance illustrator working on several children’s books, a few video games and creating numerous educational products. His ability to draw has given him the chance to do the thing he truly loves — Create.


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