Digital pen data capture device
Below is a note that Joan Milan passed along about a digital pen device that might be of use in the field. Does anyone have any experiences with the system?
Sam Droege sdroege@...
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USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
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It darted across the pond
toward our sunset perch,
weaving in, up, and around
a spindle of air,
this delicate engine
fired by impulse and glitter,
swift darning needle,
less image than thought,
and the thought come alive.
-Stanley Kunitz; The Catch
Thought some of you might be interested in this technology that I just heard
about during a conference last week. There is a company that just recently
developed a digital pen device that works just like a pen (you can write on
Rite-In-The-Rain paper) while at the same time it automatically stores the
data (whether it be entries into spreasheet-like datasheets, notes on
georectified orthophotos etc.) into memory storage on the pen which can be
automatically uploaded to your laptop/desktop similar to a PDA.
This allows for a hard-copy backup of the data while at the same time allowing
for the efficiency of data capture/entry similar to collecting data using a
PDA. Also, apparently it is really good interpreting handwriting (even it is
relatively sloppy handwriting).
At this point the device is relatively expensive (~$1,400) though I wouldn't
be surprised if they would be willing to reduce the cost in order to have
applications similar to ours to show the range of applicabilities to potential
If interested, check out the links below, especially the video demonstrations
they have on their website.
The Adapx website is: www.adapx.com. You can see information about using the
pen with Excel at http://www.adapx.com/Capturx-for-Microsoft-Office-
Excel/Capturx-for-Microsoft-Office-Excel.html. There is a video demo link on
the upper right of this page. The pen can also be used with several other
platforms, including ArcGIS.