Nu Wa launches smart pen • TechCrunch
We’ve seen plenty of companies trying to turn the humble pen into something a little more digital, but very few succeed as elegantly as Female Wow. The company introduced its smart pen at CES in Las Vegas this week.
The smart pen uses three built-in cameras, along with motion and pressure-sensing electronics, to capture your ink doodles and digitize them. The included app helps keep your notes safe, and it even decodes your handwriting, making the notes searchable as well. The pen writes itself on any type of paper, and can make notes in its diaries, notebooks, posts… really any type of paper.
We’ve seen this pen in action and it does a great job, capturing text quickly and easily. Being able to search for “dinner” in the app and see notes where you remind yourself where and when you will eat tonight is like a miracle.
Marc Tuinier, one of the co-founders of the company, said: “Handwriting represents a deeply personal form of thought, so it was important that we design the Nuwa Pen so that we only process it. manage the ink and perform the process on the device”. “Our end-to-end encryption solution for digital handwriting ensures that your thoughts are safe and secure as soon as you start writing.”
Refreshing to boot the hardware, the Dutch company doesn’t sell its own cartridges, opting instead to support the industry-standard D1 cartridge. You can pick four of them for $12and they are available at most stationery stores and online.
The pen comes with a case that charges the pen for 15 minutes. A full battery gives you about two hours of active writing time – then maybe a 15-minute break.
The Nuwa Pen app gives you access to your notes at any time. If you want your handwritten notes to be converted to typed text, the company offers the Nuwa Pen+, a subscription of €2.99 per month.
As someone who is glued to my phone and hasn’t touched a pen other than signing in a very long time, I can’t really see myself using this. The price point is also interesting; for $280 you can buy a Nu Wa pen or you can go completely digital with the pen Combo 2 tablets and remarkable pen. Just $10 more and you get Amazon Kindle Scribe, a fully functional kindle you can write with with a stylus. In other words: The technology is amazing, but at this price point, you’re going to have to write a lot (or be a huge fan of being able to handwrite with a real pen instead of on a tablet) to using it really makes sense.
The Nuwa Pen will be available in August 2023 for $279, or can be pre-ordered today for $179. Nuwa will be available in Ebony (black) or Ivory (white).