Lernstift – The Pen That Can Detect Spelling Errorsby Sushant Bhosale August 5, 2013 0 comments
How about a writing device which signals you when you make a spelling mistake while writing with it? Great!! Was it something you were actually waiting for? Created by Daniel Kaesmacher and Falk Wolsky, Lernstift is a pen which vibrates when an incorrect spelling is written while it is in use.
How does Lernstift work ?
Lernstift relies on handwriting recognition software to highlight the errors as they are made. This could be useful for people who prefer to write rather than type and rely on touch screens to get their work done. And by handwriting, you can not only improvise your memory but also the cognitive capabilities.
The pen identifies the characters and words written down using it and compares them with word dictionary which is embedded in it. On recognizing the error, the pen responds with a red flag. This again depends upon the writer on the spelling of the word he/she actually wishes to use.
Technically, Lernstift is fitted with a computer with an embedded Linux system. The board contains a motion sensor, memory, processor, vibration module along with Wi-Fi.
Does Lernstift have a future?
Yes, the plans are to develop apps which help parents to check and monitor their children’s spelling and writing skills. Also, multiple Lernstift users could work on a single document using co-writing app. They could even play games or use their handwriting for corresponding through the Internet rather than relying on the keyboard. And, if developed extensively, the pen can even help out in real-time monitoring of a school based education system.
Its creators also wish to provide an open API that enables new apps to be created around these hi-tech digital pens which will soon be connected through Wi-Fi for real-time access.
How successful will Lernstift turn out to be? That depends on whether we actually use digital pens or wish to stick to the much relied keyboard for communicating?