Monday, April 29, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: is pen-based computing coming back?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is an Android tablet that includes the Samsung S-Pen, an active digitizer that uses Wacom technology. This little tablet is almost like an iPad mini with a pen.

Is pen-based computing making a comeback? In Asia, pen-based devices are extremely popular because of the way Asians write characters. For example, in English, we may write "hello." That's easy when you have an on-screen keyboard.

In Korean, it would be: 안녕하세요
In Chinese, it would be: 你好
In Japanese, it would be: こんにちは

OK, I think you get the picture. So, how about in health care? It's easier to jot notes when you're standing by a patient's bedside. It also feels more natural and it's easier to maintain eye contact when you're jotting notes with a pen.

For now, pen-based computing is an essential form of data entry. However, as we rely heavier on voice recognition, the pen and our finger tips will become obsolete. We're just not there yet.

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