Seiko Instruments USA recently announced the launch of the InkLink(TM) handwriting system. This product, which supports Palm(R), Pocket PC and Windows(R) Operating Systems, was developed to transform handwritten notes and drawings into an electronic format. Seiko’s InkLink makes it easy for users of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), laptops, and desktop PCs to instantly transfer their handwritten notes from paper to their personal computer of choice.
InkLink is a pocket sized digital device that allows users to go with their natural instinct to hand-write notes, then convert these notes into a digital format that is stored on the user’s computer or PDA. InkLink comes packaged in a sleek carrying case that measures 7.6″ (L) x 2.9″ (W) x 1.4″ (H), and weighs 4.75 ounces and fits in a pocket or purse. The carrying case holds the InkLink Electronic Ballpoint Pen, Data Clip, and the IrDA Transceiver.
As users write with the InkLink pen, all of their handwritten notes and drawings are transferred into a PDA via the IrDA Transceiver, or into a laptop or PC connected via a USB port (serial option). InkLink’s proprietary software, InkNote Manager(TM), gives users the freedom to cut, copy, paste, e-mail and store handwritten notes in digital form. InkLink can be used with any size of paper up to legal (8.5″ x 14″) size.
As Seiko has enjoyed tremendous success with its SmartPad family of products, that allow users to both write with pen and paper and store their notes and drawings in a PDA or computer, the company has decided to expand its product offering.
“Moving forward, we are marking the next chapter in the accessories category with InkLink, a sleek, pocket-size device that not only incorporates the benefits found in the SmartPad products, but delivers even greater versatility to users,” said Mike Del Vecchio, General Manager of Sales and Marketing for Seiko Instruments’ Business and Home/Office Products Division.
InkLink provides a wide range of options to users, such as sketching diagrams, writing formulas and drawing maps. The user can also organize and edit notes using InkNote Manager.
Using InkLink with a PDA
To use InkLink with a handheld organizer, simply attach the IrDA Clip over the PDA’s Infrared port, then the cable’s mini USB is plugged into the InkLink Data Clip. Lastly, the Data Clip is fastened to the edge of a piece of paper. Each stroke of the pen is captured and immediately transferred into the PDA. Users can copy their notes into their desktop PC via the ActiveSync(R) or the HotSync(R) process.
How InkLink works with a laptop and desktop PC
In addition to the IrDA Transceiver, InkLink is equipped with a 4′ USB cable. One end of the cable plugs into the computer via its USB port, and the other end of the cable plugs into the InkLink Data Clip via the mini USB port. Identical to the PDA set-up, the Data Clip is attached to a single piece of paper or a full pad of paper.
InkLink’s InkNote Manager software enables users to view, archive, edit and export files to Windows/Pocket PC and Palm Operating System applications. Users have the freedom to organize their notes according to their personal preferences including, date, time, category names, keywords or other user preferences. Additionally they can enjoy the features that allow them to edit, cut, copy, paste, group/ungroup, undo/redo, draw straight lines and even write or highlight in seven colors. InkNote Manager automatically saves users’ notes as .ink vector files, but also allows the files to be exported into .bmp, .png, and .jpg formats.
InkLink, which is powered by three standard 1.5v Button batteries (included) and one AAA battery (included) is compatible with IBM, Pentium(R) or equivalent running Windows(R) 95, 98, Me, NT4.0 or XP, and requires a CD-Rom drive 32 MB RAM minimum. Requirements for handheld users are Windows CE 3.0 (Pocket PC 2000) or Palm OS version 3.1 or higher and 1.0 MB available memory.
Seiko Instruments’ InkLink will be available in April 2002 at a suggested retail price of $99.95. U.S.