At Cebit in Hannover this week, Swedish manufacturer C Technologies demonstrated a new form factor in personal digital assistants (PDAs) - the pen.
The C Pen is a digital hand held scanner which scans text via an integrated digital camera, saves it and transfers it to a notebook or a PC via a built in infrared port.
For example, data can be scanned and stored when travelling in a plane or when in a lecture theatre. It can be directly transferred to the PC into an application such as Microsoft Word.
Powered by a Strongarm processor, the pen weighs just over 100grams and can store up to 3,000 pages of text. Equipped with an address book, the pen is able to store over 1000 addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses.
Data can either be transferred to and from a PC, or the user can scan it directly using the C Pen. Entries can be located and changed on the pen using search and edit functions. The contacts can be used in Microsoft Outlook, for example.
In addition, a dictionary function is included which allows users to translate individual words into and out of English. C Technologies said the pen is aimed at people who work with extensive amounts of printed material such as lawyers, doctors and journalists.
Later this year, the company said it will add functions that allow the pen to communicate with mobile phones, to send faxes, SMS messages and emails.
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