Nuwa launches a smart pen • TechCrunch
We’ve seen many companies try to turn the humble pen into something a little more digital, but few have succeeded as elegantly as Nuwa. The company showed off its smart pen at CES in Las Vegas this week.
The smart pen uses three built-in cameras, along with motion and pressure sensing electronics to take your ink scribbles and digitize them. The accompanying app protects your notes and even manages to decipher your handwriting, which also makes the notes searchable. The pen itself writes on any paper and can keep notes in journals, notebooks, post-its… well, any paper, really.
We’ve seen the pen in action, and it works brilliantly, capturing writing with speed and ease. Being able to search for “dinner” in the app and seeing the note where you remembered where and when you eat tonight was kind of magical.
“Handwriting is a deeply personal form of thought, so it was important that we designed Nuwa Pen to process only the ink and do this processing on the device,” says Marc Tuinier, one of the co-founders. of the company. “Our end-to-end encryption solution for digital handwriting ensures that your thoughts are safe and secure from the moment you start writing.”
Refreshingly for a hardware startup, the Dutch company does not sell its own cartridges, but rather chooses to support industry-standard D1 ink cartridges. You can buy four for $12, and they’re readily available at most stationery stores and online.
The stylus comes with a case that charges the stylus in 15 minutes. A full battery gives you about two hours of active writing time, after which it’s probably time for a 15-minute break anyway.
The Nuwa Pen app gives you access to your notes at any time. If you want your handwritten notes converted to typed text, the company offers Nuwa Pen+, €2.99 per month subscription.
As someone who’s permanently glued to my phone and hasn’t touched a pen other than to sign things in a very long time, I can’t really see myself using it. The price is also attractive; for $280 you can buy the Nuwa Pen, or you can go digital with a ReMarkable 2 tablet and pen. For just $10 more you get Amazon’s Kindle Scribe, which is a fully functional Kindle on which you can write with a stylus. In other words: the tech is great, but at this price you’d have to do a lot of writing (or be a big fan of being able to handwrite with a real pen rather than writing on a tablet) to find it really makes sense.
The Nuwa Pen will be available in August 2023 for $279, or can be pre-ordered today for $179. Nuwa will be available in Ebony (black) or Ivory (white).