Tired of tiny keyboards and thumb taps? Use an APEN

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Whether it’s my mobile phone or tablet it seems I’m always looking for new ways to make text input easier and faster. I already own a slew of Bluetooth keyboards, different on-screen Android keyboards, voice input, and somewhere I have a weird stylus that feels like I’m writing with a Slim Jim.

The folks at ApenUSA are taking us back a bit in an attempt to move forward with the A3 Smart Pen. The company has created a pen and receiver unit which can hold and transfer whatever you write to a Microsoft Windows or Apple MacOSX based computer, or a smartphone or tablet running Android or Blackberry OS. You just clip the receiver on to the paper you’re working on and start scribbling. The writing is then digitized and held for later transfer or immediately sent via USB cable or Bluetooth to your computer or smartphone in real-time.

ApenUSA also offers a model that is compatible with Apple’s iOS (A4 Smart Pen) as well, but it appears not to have the wireless functionality instead requiring a cable connection to your iPhone or iPad. List price for either product is $129. Check out a short
video of the Smart Pen in action after the jump.

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