More Digital Pens for Writing 2.0

We’ve mentioned digital pens before on this blog just because they’re so cool and seem quite handy for specific applications. Here are two more we’ve read about recently, one for medical professionals and the other for children.

Shareable Ink is a ballpoint pen with built-in camera that streamlines the medical billing and record-keeping process by instantly transferring data from hospital forms to computer.

Doctors use the pens to fill out the specially designed forms, while the camera in the tip records all the information. Then, they have the option to send the information wirelessly to the records system, or to dock the pen for transfer.

The pen automatically fills in the form on the computer, exactly as the doctor completed the original.

Check out this video from the medGadget blog of company founder Dr. Vernon Huang, an anaesthesiologist, demonstrating how the pen works.


The LeapFrog FLY Fusion Pentop Computer is designed for children (the company recently changed the age range from 8 years and up to 13 years and up) and works like most other digital pens: Kids write on special microdot paper and the camera in the tip captures each movement, whether text or drawing.

LeapFrog FLY Fusion Pentop Computer


The pen comes with 64 MB of memory and connects to a computer by USB cable. Once hooked up, it will transfer everything the camera captured, exactly as it was written. Well, provided the child holds the pen correctly and writes legibly. Otherwise, the images get garbled, according to Ryan Preston’s great review at The Gadgeteer.

Additional features from the company’s website:

Touch your pentop computer to FLY Paper, and you can quiz yourself on history, get help with a quadratic equation, or even play your favorite MP3. And when you’re ready for new software, simply connect to your PC again to purchase and download custom homework and gaming applications directly to your FLY Fusion Pentop Computer.

One thing we’re left wondering about these and other digital pens is how well they write. Most of them seem to be using some type of ballpoint refill, so they can’t be all that smooth, especially on dot paper, but if anyone has used a digital pen, we’d be interested in hearing about the actual writing experience.

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Tony Bridges

As a seasoned journalist and freelance writer, I've spent over three decades telling stories and exploring the world through the written word. With a passion for writing instruments, I found my niche at The Pen Vibe, a blog that shares our collective fascination with pens, pencils, and other tools that have shaped the art of writing.

1 thought on “More Digital Pens for Writing 2.0”

  1. Hi,
    All the pen you are displaying above are based on Anoto technology as is the Livescribe Pulse pen and several others in the market. So the Anoto pen that Shareable Ink is using for their smart application is one sample of how Anoto digital pens are being used to streamline processes within healthcare and else. All the pens are using inkrefills and the dots which are almost invisible does not influence the write – they are just printed on the paper just line boxes and lines.
    Lots of video clips with more samples are available


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