BlackBerry Digital Pen gets thumbs up from RIM

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BerryPenSolutions in Motion, distributers of PaperIQ’s page-scanning pen which wirelessly transmits data to your handheld, have announced that they’ll be shipping a BlackBerry-specific product to the Great White North. We scoped out something similar awhile ago, but this new one from Solutions in Motion is getting RIM’s stamp of approval. The package comes with text recognition software which can save what you’re writing as a Word document, as well as integrated options for e-mailing right off the page. As cool as the Digital Pen is, it ain’t cheap…

“The Digital Pen for Blackberry will be available for $439 with a limited-time $40 rebate. In the box is the pen, a 128-page digital notebook, replacement ink, docking station with computer hook-up, travel charger, and information on the [Solutions in Motion]-based subscription that is required for use. The first year subscription will cost $101, after which it is available for as low as $130/year. Additional digital notebooks can be purchased through SIM.”

  • http://www.lammersonline.nl/ Thierry Lammers

    I’m sure this is the product of the UK based company with the name PaperIQ? Solutions in Motion is reselling it, not producing it.

  • http://www.lammersonline.nl Thierry Lammers

    I’m sure this is the product of the UK based company with the name PaperIQ? Solutions in Motion is reselling it, not producing it.

  • Firefishe

    Gads! First you pay over four hundred smackers for the hardware, then they expect you to pay a yearly subscription fee just to use the software???

    Solutions In Motion, get a clue! People do not want to be forced to subscribe to something that costs over a hundred a year to maintain, also not something as so persnickety as handwriting-to-text recognition software.

    That pen had better be made out of either magnesium or titanium with thick case sidewalls and electronics-not-second-tier for me to buy this product.

    Sometimes I think some of the new software firms popping up these days are newly arrived from the business-to-business vertical markets where a lot of proprietary products continue to linger and competition is virtually nil.

    Can anyone say “governmental contractors.”

  • Firefishe

    Gads! First you pay over four hundred smackers for the hardware, then they expect you to pay a yearly subscription fee just to use the software???

    Solutions In Motion, get a clue! People do not want to be forced to subscribe to something that costs over a hundred a year to maintain, also not something as so persnickety as handwriting-to-text recognition software.

    That pen had better be made out of either magnesium or titanium with thick case sidewalls and electronics-not-second-tier for me to buy this product.

    Sometimes I think some of the new software firms popping up these days are newly arrived from the business-to-business vertical markets where a lot of proprietary products continue to linger and competition is virtually nil.

    Can anyone say “governmental contractors.”

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ BlackBerry Cool Simon

    Thanks Thierry, fixed.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com BlackBerry Cool Simon

    Thanks Thierry, fixed.

  • http://www.solutionsintomotion.com/ Ian Newhouse

    I believe some clarification is required here. The hardware is $299 and the subscription is to cover the costs of licensing and hosting. The solution uses 2 handwriting recognition licenses from Anoto and Microsoft. If you purchased them separately, how much would you pay? Also, no one is discussing the backend hosted web-site that hosts unlimited scripted and translated notes. How much do you pay for secure, hosted data storage? This product is available for your choice of 11 different languages by simply changing an option on the BlackBerry. No wired PC interface required when used with a BlackBerry! Please understand and state the facts before commenting or discrediting the price. This product is not a gimicky toy it is a useful tool!

  • http://www.solutionsintomotion.com Ian Newhouse

    I believe some clarification is required here. The hardware is $299 and the subscription is to cover the costs of licensing and hosting. The solution uses 2 handwriting recognition licenses from Anoto and Microsoft. If you purchased them separately, how much would you pay? Also, no one is discussing the backend hosted web-site that hosts unlimited scripted and translated notes. How much do you pay for secure, hosted data storage? This product is available for your choice of 11 different languages by simply changing an option on the BlackBerry. No wired PC interface required when used with a BlackBerry! Please understand and state the facts before commenting or discrediting the price. This product is not a gimicky toy it is a useful tool!

  • Andy

    Ian Whitehouse —

    You mention the facts. Anoto do not require a handwriting recognition license.

    Thierry Lammers — You are correct.

  • Andy

    Ian Whitehouse —

    You mention the facts. Anoto do not require a handwriting recognition license.

    Thierry Lammers — You are correct.

  • http://www.datateq.com.au/ Sabrina

    That is good news.

  • http://www.datateq.com.au/ Sabrina

    That is good news.

  • http://www.datateq.com.au Sabrina

    That is good news.

  • http://www.solutionsintomotion.com/ Ian Newhouse

    Sorry for the typo, the 2nd hand-writing recognition license is for Myscript from Vision Optics. Anoto has a pattern license.

  • http://www.solutionsintomotion.com/ Ian Newhouse

    Sorry for the typo, the 2nd hand-writing recognition license is for Myscript from Vision Optics. Anoto has a pattern license.

  • http://www.solutionsintomotion.com Ian Newhouse

    Sorry for the typo, the 2nd hand-writing recognition license is for Myscript from Vision Optics. Anoto has a pattern license.

  • dave

    Regardless … to much money for most folks so it looks like their target market is (still) companies that have invested in a blackberry infrastructure and business folks that make 6+ figure incomes. The paper costs are insane as far as I'm concerned.

  • dave

    Regardless … to much money for most folks so it looks like their target market is (still) companies that have invested in a blackberry infrastructure and business folks that make 6+ figure incomes. The paper costs are insane as far as I'm concerned.