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  • Sam Droege
    All: 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
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2009


      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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      Hey all,

      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
      future clientele.

      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
      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.

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