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brainstormguy
 USA
Rethinking the 'Smart Pen' Printer Friendly Version
I feel that smart pens could be vastly improved. at the time of this writing, I find it funny that the best one on the market is the Fly Pentop. The remaining pens are mainly handwriting recognition.
I have created a series called brainstorm guy, and its a video outlining my ideas/inventions. you can watch my smart pen episode (my debut episode) here:
http://web15.metacafe.com/w/1051447/
Below is a summery/expanded ideas and thoughts to the video, so please watch it first.
basics of current smart pens:
1. input (handwriting recognition)
2. output (speaker based User Interface)
3. processing (what runs the pen)
4. connectivity (getting notes from the pen)
5. battery (power)
6. pen (it highly advanced super glorious ball point roller technology)
problems
1. size (too large)
2. cost (expensive)
3. User Interface is limited
4. 3rd party support is lacking
5. special paper
solution
pen only needs:
1. input
2. connectivity
3. battery
4. pen
add your favorite cellphone to handle:
1. processing
2. output.
this solves problems 1-4.
problem 5 is hard to get away from, but being able to use 3rd party development alternate uses will come to light.
Now some things I didn't cover in the video:
If the pen, also contained a stylus, you could use a piece plastic anoto page to have a surface to write on.
because this is based on using a cellphone, you can transmit your messages to anyone, so passing notes is extremely easy.
also being cellphone technology, you could draw the cellphone keys and remotely control your cellphone with out touching it.
now internet access come into play using cellphones/computers so updating blogs and such becomes easier in a since, it would allow you to choose a smaller phone that lacks a qwerty keyboard. (like the n95 ;P)
you can created a tablet like input to your computer.
Reward: please allow a lot of users to beta test the device before releasing it and try to keep it as open as possible. 

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AaronBurns
 USA
Cell Phone Stylus Texting Printer Friendly Version
Touch Pad and Stylus writing on your cell phone would allow all your writing to be quick and the phone could either transfer writing to computer font or you could draw directions, or any other business diagrams, Etc. that you can't simply type with letters and numbers. A large host of application!
Reward: I would like one. No, REALLY! 

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AaronBurns
 USA
Truely Permanent Markers Printer Friendly Version
If you write with permanent ink markers available in today's market onto plastic containers and other various materials that do not have a paper like quality to fully obsorb the ink, then the ink will eventually wear off. Who hasn't marked baking goods plastic containers or Holiday plastic boxes just to see that the writing from the permanent marker has worn off, and now you don't really know what it contains 6 months later and you have to rewrite the contents on it again. You also have to open everything and look inside to see what it is. If you use an acid based etching type of ink then it would soak into plastic and other formerly impervious materials and truely be permanent as intended.
Reward: A supply in all neon colors! 

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