E-Pen draws attention

An innovative product drawing attention at the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas this week is the E-Pen wireless digital pen from E-Pen InMotion Inc.

The E-Pen contains regular ink and enables you to write on paper while converting information to "digital ink" for use in multiple ways: You can send it as an e-mail or fax message, save it as a note file or translate it into text.

The pen works by using the same principle as digital whiteboard devices. A small receiver clips to the top of a sheet of paper and uses ultrasonic technology to transmit an image of the user's handwriting to a connected device.

The E-Pen is compatible with any Internet-enabled device, including desktop and notebook computers and personal digital assistants. The company is developing compatibility for pagers and mobile phones as well.

The estimated price for the E-Pen is $179. Casio Inc. will start distributing the device this month.

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