Wouldn’t it be great if you could write, draw or create something with a pen on plain paper, and it would instantly transfer to your phone or tablet in digital form, so you could send it by email, share it or edit it on a computer program? Well now you can with the new power of ‘smart pens’.Â The Equil Smartpen 2, for instance, bridges the gap between the physical world and the digital one and lets you digitize your thoughts, notes, artwork and more into computer form instantly.
The light weight pen is powered by a rechargeable battery which you refill via any USB port, as well as a dedicated phone app to import your little notes, doodles, and masterpieces. It also allows you to save your creations to whatever Cloud you deal with, be it iCloud, Dropbox, or Evernote. Unlike most other devices of this type the Equil does not need special paper or a pad to work. Instead it will work on any type of paper you have on hand. Cardstock, lined, whatever, itâ€™s all good. It charges up in 2 hours and will last for 8 of constant use.
You can get either the Equil Note app or the Equil Sketch app. The note is for more general writing and note taking, while the sketch app is for art and actually exports a PSD file which you can later edit directly with Photoshop or other compatible software. The Equil Smartpen 2 is $169.99 and ships this month.