"What the DigiMemo provides is the most natural way of working – using pen (and
ink) writing on paper – but digitally recording everything you write or draw.
Take the DigiMemo wherever you go and write down whatever you want, digitally
storing everything you write on paper. It’s designed to bring your daily life
into the digital age,” said Henry Wu, President of ACECAD.

Portable, lightweight and with storage capabilities, the DigiMemo A501 is
designed as an optimum device for taking notes and form filling applications. 
For mass market, it is well suited for Sales People, Consultants, Executives,
Receptionists, Secretaries, Journalists, Designers, Engineers, Architects,
Students, the elderly and anyone who needs to take notes or keep their immediate
ideas, sketches, thoughts and flow charts, wherever they go and whenever they

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4 thoughts on “Imagine

  1. This looks like a good product, the next step up from the Seiko Smartpad that didn’t really take off. After visiting the site I’d really like to see some actual examples of the images it produces after you’ve moved your notes to the PC.

  2. I use a competing product, the Logitech io Pen, which is based on the Swedish Anoto paper technology. Both the io Pen and the DigiMemo use the same MyScript Notes to translate handwriting. Anoto-based products use special paper; the DigiPen uses a special clipboard. My guess is that the DigiPen drawings look exactly like the ones from the io Pen/Anoto products. Which is to say, absolutely identical to the original writing or drawing, except that the default line color of the digital translation is blue.

    I’ve been using the io Pen for a year now for field notes, research notes, and for drafts of articles and white papers, and I’m very happy with it. I expect users of the DigiPen will be similarly pleased. These tools allow you to keep a “time line” of your document’s development, and to do your editing and revisions by writing on the paper used for your first draft. They also provide what I think of as “lab book” documentation for new ideas, intellectual property, etc.

    Yes, the technology is expensive — if you’re only going to use it for scribbling down random notes. However, it does allow you to leverage your efforts, to be able to work when you are away from your desk/computer/laptop/PDA, and to translate your analog writings into digital form. In my case, I find that a notebook and pen are far less distracting (to myself and to interview subjects or to fellow-participants in meetings and conferences) than a laptop. Not to mention that the digital pen is much cheaper to replace than a laptop if it is lost or stolen.

  3. Mike, the DigiPen and the io Pen are not meant to produce archival material for the ages (although both of them do provide a record in ink on paper, and who’s to say how long that will last in a dry cave).

    If your standard is that the record must last for a thousand years, I hope you are skilled with a mallet and chisel and have a ready supply of granite.

    And of course there are two other questions about a standard like that. First, will there be anyone left in a thousand years to crawl down in that cave to read what you chiseled? Second, once they get to the carvings, will they consider that the content was worth the trip?

    Personally, I’m a technical writer. It makes me happy if something I’ve written is still valid and useful a week later.

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