Hey, everyone, it’s Back To School time, and students everywhere will need to take part in a time honored tradition – taking notes. IRIS, originally an OCR software company, announced today the availability of two new digital note taking pens that will take handwritten notes and turn them into editable text. The IRISNotes2 Express and Executive pens will fit different needs and budgets, but should prove a boon to anyone – especially students – who need to take fast notes and then get them into a digital format.
“Our IRISNotes 2 lineup saves time by eliminating the countless hours it takes to transcribe notes,” said Jean-Marc Fontaine, Director of Sales and Operations, Americas at I.R.I.S. “IRISNotes 2 are the perfect solutions for students taking notes, businessmen transcribing meeting minutes, designers quickly sketching a new concept and more.”
Unlike similar digital pens like the Live Scribe line of audio recording and note capturing devices, the IRISNotes 2 pens will not need special paper, according to the company. You’ll simply attach a clip to the top of a standard sheet of paper and use one of the digital pen models. Your hand movements will be tracked and recorded.
The clip is a receiver which can store up to 100 pages of text; connect it to your Mac and the I.R.I.S. optical character recognition (OCR) software will turn the handwriting into digital test that you can then edit, mess about with the format, and send along to any app like Pages, Mail, or Notes for further processing.
The $99.00 IRISNotes 2 Express will be battery powered, and comes with four replacement batteries and an aluminum carrying case. The Executive model will run you $149, and will have a rechargeable battery, a leather carrying case, and a 30-pin dock connector to sync up with your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. A free iOS app will let you write or draw on your digital notes as well.
Both devices can be purchased starting now at the I.R.I.S. website as well as several online and offline retail outlets, like Walmart and Best Buy.