It is often said that the pen is mightier than the sword, and this is certainly true of e-pens. A quick, easy and reliable way to capture and store information, digital pen and paper offers a highly mobile and cost-effective alternative to the laptops and tablets currently on the market.


Of course, since their first release, wireless digital pen technology has come a long way. Today there are several digital pen models on the market, each with their own pros and cons. For example, some models of the digital pen must have the USB cord connected to the computer and the pen, whereas others are wireless. Some digital pens combine a microphone along with the ability to digitally store the user’s handwritten notes.


Digital pens are beneficial to anyone who prefers to take handwritten records over typed ones, who are not permitted the use of laptops in certain situations (such as classes or meetings), or for those constantly on the go and requiring ease of portability. These state-of-the-art smartpens work to modify a rudimentary human skill for the digital age, and add value in a way that doesn’t interfere with the basic process.


The smartpen has been catching the attention of individuals and industries alike, as the technology gains recognition as both a timesaving tool and a prospective new interactive learning technology. For many people, writing on paper is still faster or more practical than keyboarding, and others find that their learning style benefits more from pen-on-paper than from computer-aided note taking. Thus the benefit of the assistive technology of smartpens is evident.


Similarly, companies are appreciating the smartpen’s potential to revolutionise the way in which we digitalise data and conduct business. Indeed, Livescribe, manufacturer of the Smartpen, says that 70 percent of their customer base uses the digitalised pens for business-related purposes. Wireless digital pens are very useful in situations where a computer/PDA might not be available or acceptable.


Financially, many institutions are also noting the cost-effective nature of digital pens; why equip an employee with an £700 laptop or a £300 PDA if a £50 to £150 wireless digital pen can do equally as good a job?


As industries and academia become more and more technologically integrated, digital pens will become mainstream among consumers and businesses alike, helping to transform the way in which society records and digitalises its ideas.