ANCASTER, ON, Nov. 7 /CNW/ - First launched in the United Kingdom where
it quickly gained popularity with business and consumers alike, the Digital
Pen for Blackberry(R) makes its debut in Canada this month.
What puts the new pen light years ahead of the competition is a feature
proven by its U.K. experience to save time, money, and aggravation. With a
single tap of the pen, the notes you just wrote on paper are instantly
transmitted to Blackberry. Available on the Blackberry screen in seconds, they
appear as text that can be sent via fax or email, and viewed instantly on any
computer in their original cursive script or in MS Word. Hand-drawn diagrams
or sketches can be sent pen-to-computer through the Blackberry as well.
The pen is also unique on the basis of script recognition that is
significantly more accurate than other digital pen products to date. With
these and many more impressive features, Digital Pen for Blackberry appears
certain to be a demand item for current or would-be Blackberry owners, says
Canadian distributor Solutions Into Motion (SIM). Sales are over the internet
and in select stores across Canada, as listed at www.solutionsintomotion.com.
The official launch of what some U.K. users dub the "Miracle Pen" took
place last night, November 6, in New York City at "A Taste of Blackberry", a
RIM media event showcasing new Blackberry applications. "Of more than 700
applications developed for the Blackberry, RIM selected only a handful,"
explains Vince Poloniato, President of SIM, an Ancaster, ON, firm that finds
and promotes the best of new technology.
"The Digital Pen made the cut based on the powerful new communications
capability it gives Blackberry users. It's a personal assistant that can save
hundreds of hours of time, for less than $500 per year all costs in," says
Poloniato. "It's ink for your BlackBerry and relief for tired fingers and
Besides providing new freedom from texting and complaints of "Blackberry
Thumb", the digital pen comes with a docking station for standard
pen-to-computer data transmission. Award-winning Anoto software and special
books of lined paper with an overlay of invisible dots help Digital Pen for
Blackberry produce up to 40 percent more accurate handwritten character
recognition compared to other digital pens. Data transmission is accomplished
by tapping the pen on a "Smart Tab", a wafer-thin small plastic plate.
Since being introduced three years ago, the pen's versatility has won it
a place in many businesses in the U.K. Hand-drawn pictures and diagrams can be
captured for email; notes can be transmitted as text or else as script, which
allows for signature capture. In particular, its use with forms has
mushroomed, freeing public health nurses, inventory management staff, police,
and many other professionals and organizations that use forms from having to
head back to the office or sit down to the computer to input reports.
Priced at $439 with a special, limited-time $40 rebate for holiday
giving, the Digital Pen for Blackberry(R) package includes Pen, 128-page
digital notebook, replacement Ink, docking station with computer hookup,
travel charger and SIM based subscription services for ICR licensing and
hosting for one year. Subsequent annual subscription renewals are as low as
$130. For more information, visit www.solutionsintomotion.com
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For further information: Vince Poloniato, (866) 868-7225; Pat McDermott,