The pen has evolved.
German software developer and inventor Falk Wolsky is promoting the “Lernstift,” a pen that spell-checks your words as you write. The Lernstift, German for “learning pen,” has a “built-in motion sensor that transfers data via Wi-Fi to a handwriting recognition engine that immediately recognizes misspellings and poor calligraphy,” Yahoo! News reports.
Wolsky reportedly teamed up with Daniel Kaesmacher to get the pen ready for the market. The pen can reportedly read German and English, though any language is theoretically possible.
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“The idea for Lernstift was born from a family moment,” explained Kaesmacher during a Skype interview. Last October, Wolsky’s wife was helping their son with his homework when she noticed he was making several spelling mistakes because he wasn’t focusing. She later joked to Wolsky that she wished there was a pen that could shock their son into attentiveness.
“He heard that [and] pretty much had the vision of it being a cool product and had the idea of how to realize it,” said Kaesmacher.
Wolsky recruited Kaesmacher two months later and the duo began developing various prototypes. They think the pen, when fully functional, will be an invaluable school aid for children and also for adults learning another language.
“One thing we’re cautious about is not creating a cheating aid for kids,” said Kaesmacher. “You still have to do the work of learning.” He added that they have received several invitations to conduct trials in real classrooms to measure the pen’s efficacy.
Additionally, the smart pen can actually store a 2D image of your words and create a digitized version. There is not a set price for the pen yet, but you can expect it to be up for sale on the web in 2014.
Watch a video of the pen’s first motion recognition tests: