The C-Pen, a handheld device that scans and stores printed text to be manipulated later in varied ways. The product, from UK firm Portable PC Products, will be availble later this month.
The 8Mb device features a built-in IrDA infrared link that can be used to transfer data to a PC and vice versa. Most laptops and handheld PCs feature an IrDA port, but desktop PCs will require an adaptor.
The unit also has an MS Outlook compatible contact book that can store more than 1,000 names, addresses and telephone numbers. For #40 more, users can buy a language translation upgrade that will convert words from all the major European languages to and from English.
About six weeks after the 18 May launch, Portable PC Products will offer an upgrade to allow the pen to be used in conjunction with the Ericsson SH888 and I888 mobile phones to send scanned text as SMS messages.
The C-Pen will cost #295 including VAT.
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