TLDR: The SyncPen 2 Smart Pen and Notebook lets you write handwritten notes and doodles, save them as digital files, or convert handwriting into editable text.
Notetaking is not done with a pair of thumbs. Sure, you can open up the Notes app on your phone and string a couple of words together for safekeeping. But honest-to-goodness notetaking really happens the old fashioned way — with a pad of paper and a pen or pencil.
Thoughts and ideas flow with stream-of-consciousness fluidity, sweeping effortlessly from handwritten words and phrases into doodles and drawings and back again. But it isn’t like technology has no place in the notetaking process. The SyncPen 2 Smart Pen and Notebook ($149.99, 24 percent off, from TNW Deals) brings the entire notation game into the digital age.
Innovating from their work on the original SyncPen, NEWYES made the SyncPen 2 to feel as comfortable and natural in your hands as a real pen. Unlike other digital writing instruments, you don’t have to hold the SyncPen at any special angle to make it work correctly, with a full 360 degrees of approach so you can hold the pen and right the way you would with the real thing.
Using the 10” LCD writing pad, you can use the SyncPen 2 to write traditional notes that save right to the pad. While you can keep files with your original handwriting and hand-drawn sketches or doodle, the pen can also convert those pen strokes into digital text, which can then be fully edited just like any word processing file.
And for users who don’t write only in English, the motion-tracking sensor in the SyncPen 2 actually identifies 66 different languages and can convert text accordingly. There’s even an on-board mic for recording audio that can automatically be linked to the notes. Once you’re finished, you can also hit email and the pad will send the file automatically anywhere you want it to go in a variety of formats, including DOC, DOCX, JPG, and PDF.
You can try out the SyncPen 2 Smart Pen with Notebook now and save $50, a 25 percent discount off the regular $199 price, bringing the final cost down to only $149.99.
Prices are subject to change.