While scrolling through tech websites earlier today I came across something pretty cool: a website called Fletch Creations. Fletch Creations is producing Combo-Sensing LED inserts for Super-Tips pens. For the uninitiated, Pen Spinning (or ‘pen mawashi’ in Japan where the pastime has been popular since the 1970’s) is a form of contact juggling involving the deft manipulation/spinning of a pen in various combinations.
What Fletch Creations has done is to create a neat little LED insert that fits into Super-Tips pens—the pens preferred in most Pen Spinning circles—that has 3 lights that can be lit up in succession increasingly complex patterns depending upon the speed and combinations that the spinner is able to achieve. Whereas I struggle to get more than one blinking LED to light up, highlighting my Lobster Boy-like manual dexterity, my high-school friend Chris is able to produce a better light-show than Timothy Leary ever saw on one of his best hallucinogen benders. Needless to say the color combos he was able to achieve were pretty impressive and emphasized the extent to which you can take pen spinning. Fletch Creations has come up with an original idea that can add enjoyment to an already entertaining medium. It may also allow me to appear a lot hipper when conversing with my Vampire Weekend-listening teenage relatives. “So, you kids dig this internets thing right? I really enjoy that Friendster…” Well, there may be no helping me but anyone else should see a definite up-tick in their street-cred. Check ‘em out.
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This is no ordinary Bic. You can show everyone of your desire to either go into space or that you are horrifically bored at work with the Astronaut Rocket Pen. Push the ignition control button and it takes off up to a height of a whopping 36 inches. Space Shuttle and Titan Rocket pens are also available, each with a price of $8.94. We hope that helmet keeps the landing from becoming an inky mess.
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Elecom Japan has come up with what they feel is a mouse that is as close to providing “pen and Paper” precision as one can get. The 3-button Scope Node M-SN1UL is certainly high end with a 1600dpi laser sensor that is off-center to simulate where a pen point would be located in your hand. The USB mouse is compatible with both Windows and Mac. Available in black, mat silver or glossy silver, expect a price of ¥6,000 (~$61.00.)
This is no ordinary Spy Pen. It has a cam and mic and captures AVI video and replays it on your PC, and when your covert operations are completed, you can use it as an MP3 player and USB drive. The device, at a size of 150 x 15 x 15mm and a weight of 45g, supports Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista and needs a two hour charge. The Spy Pen comes with earphone, USB cable and AC adapter at a price of $65.00.
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We finally received word from Livescribe that the Pulse Smartpen has arrived and is ready to order. Choose between a 1GB for $149.99 and a 2GB model for $199.99 with up to 200 hours of recording time. You can also purchase extra cartridges and a 4-pack of single spiral notebooks (one comes with the pen.) While still only compatible with Windows, the company says that they are working on a Mac version. Expect a ship date of about 4 to 6 weeks from purchase date, just in time to get back to school after Spring Break.
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Here’s another device that multitasks. The 5 in 1 Gadget Pen is a stylus for PDAs, cell phones or NDSs, even in the dark. It acts as a red laser pointer, a bank note checker, and surprise, is also a ball point pen. Finally, you can use the bugger as a mini-torch. At the minute weight of 30g, the pen comes with three spare lithium batteries and a minuscule price of $11.00.
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Although it hasn’t changed much since its inception in 1964, Grant Odgers in New Zealand built what he believes to be a better mouse. He will be meeting with Microsoft and perhaps Logitech to show off his Swiftpoint. While sketchy on details, apparently the device is held between the thumb and index finger, and can be used with or without a flat surface. This sounds to us pretty close to the description of a pen, and in fact MS may be considering if it can replace those now used with its tablets. The Swiftpoint will make its debut March 4 at the CeBit in Hanover, Germany.
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This ingenious device not only allows you to write last minute notes, but to destroy them as well. Use the Pen for messages that will only show up under ultra-violet light. If you are the worried that the baddies will see it, you can shred it instead of eating it. The pen comes with a message pad and batteries for £4.99 (~$10.00.) We can see this being used with other applications, such as destroying ATM slips or that extra receipt when your partner/spouse didn’t know you took that side trip to McDonalds on the way home from work.
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Yesterday, Livescribe told Gear Live that their Smartpen, the system that captures handwriting notes as well as audio, will be launched January 28 and are now taking pre-orders. They have updated their Website with additional details and images and instigated a forum to keep up on questions. The best news is that they will be giving away two a day through their launch date.The system, which consists of pen, paper, and software, can store more than 100 hours of audio and will come at a cost of less than $200.00.
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For spies on the go, the DVR Pen has a wireless, low-power digital recorder and a microphone stuffed into an 0.55 x 5.7-inch pen. You can record 320 x 240p at 30 fps on flash memory or microSD and transfer data to PDA or PC via Bluetooth. The pen features 5 different motion detection sensitivity levels for low light targets and can send an alarm when movement occurs. And yes, it even writes. Still a prototype, Pacific Defence foresees a target date next March.
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