“The pen is mightier than the sword….”

An idea that suggests communication can resolve conflict better than violence. In today’s day and age, it is hard to believe that technology advancements have led us to the development of the digital pen which can act as more than just a tool of communication, especially for those involved in remote work.

So what is a digital pen exactly?

Quite simply, a digital pen records a user’s handwriting or brush strokes, and then converts this information into a digital format so that it can be used in a variety of applications.

How does it work?

  1. A specialised printer produces sheets of paper which are embedded with a dot pattern so that the pen can work out where the user is writing
  2. The individual writes or draws as they would on a normal piece of paper
  3. The pen captures the users pen strokes and stores the information inside
  4. The stored data is transmitted to a device via Bluetooth or once it has been docked onto a USB cable where the transfer of data will take place
  5. The data is extracted from the pen and is uploaded onto a matching software where users can view what data has been gathered
  6. If users wish to, they may share this information with colleagues or develop a dashboard where multiple contributions from several people can be posted

The benefits

Using a digital pen can have several benefits compared to your traditional pen and paper.

  • The data can be sent to a device in real time so it is easily accessible instantly
  • Compatibility with mobiles, computers and tablets
  • Concept of traditionally writing with pen and paper still exists, only difference is the integration with technology
  • Save time and costs as information no longer has to be manually entered
  • Very little training costs involved in comparison to tablets
  • 100% accuracy
  • ID recognition in order to determine the source of information and the date
  • Opportunity to collaborate with colleagues easier

Who might the pen benefit?

  • Healthcare professionals: It is common for these people to constantly be involved with patients so gaining signatures, consent and personal details can take some time. With a digital pen, there is no requirement to record a digital copy of this data as it will already be done.
  • Designers: As a designer it can be a force of habit to constantly scribble down drawings and ideas which might be beneficial in some way. With a digital pen, these drawings are already available on your device to act as a template or allow you to alter your designs.
  • Construction workers: For engineers and architects, blueprints are often required when developing a new building. The digital pen ensures these documents are accessible at any time and won’t be lost at any point.
  • Social care workers: Visits to resident houses often involve completing multiple reports over a certain period of time. It is common for these reports to be stored in a folder with the residents name on. Rather than having to locate the folder and a form relevant to a specific date, social care workers can find this data a lot quicker on their computers once it has been digitalised.
  • Any other remote work: The biggest benefactors of the digital pen would be those who work in remote locations or are constantly on the go. The second they start writing, the information will be recorded in a digital format so they won’t have to worry about retyping the information.

Although the concept of digital pens have been around for years, there has never been a point at which they seem acceptable enough to implement in today’s working world. The advancements of technology mean these pens are capable of so much more than in previous years which is why people should begin to consider the use of them in their work.