What happens when a computer accessory manufacturer and a Bluetooth-savvy app developer team up? iNotebook, that's what. Targus has been working with iDevices to create the aforementioned writing recognition app / pen combo for the iPad. Making use of a rechargeable Bluetooth receiver, the pair utilizes a special pen to transfer the slate owner's haiku from paper directly to their mobile device. So long as you mind the 9.5-inch x 7.5-inch notepad size restriction, you shouldn't have any trouble getting that grocery list transferred quickly. Available in June, the only question is if you'll drop $149.99 on this bad boy. Even though an iPad case is included, we might have to pass.
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Targus Teams With iDevices to Announce iNotebook
The Companies Join Forces to Design and Develop The Ultimate Transcribing Device for iPad Users
LAS VEGAS, NV – January 10, 2012 –CES 2012 - Targus® Inc., maker of the world's top-selling laptop computer cases and accessories and iDevices LLC, developer of App enabled products that incorporate Bluetooth® connectivity to Apple® devices, today announced a technology partnership for the design, development and distribution of the iNotebook – a revolutionary new device that allows iPad users to wirelessly transfer what they write on paper directly to their iPad.
Targus will work with iDevices to develop the core product features. iDevices will leverage Targus' customer insight for product definition, design and development as well as its packaging, marketing and distribution resources to put forth a solution that delivers accurate drawing and handwriting recognition well beyond the capabilities of passive capacitive styluses.
"iPads have become ubiquitous in the home, school and workplace and have transformed the way we perform even the most common task," stated Melissa Chapman, vice president of tablet cases and accessories at Targus. "By working with iDevices on the iNotebook, we are developing a solution that simplifies the task of transferring written content into a digital format so it can easily be saved, accessed and shared."
"Targus is the leader in the tablet accessories market, so it only makes sense to align with them to design, develop and market a product that complements the simplicity, functionality and design of the iPad," said Chris Allen, CEO at iDevices.
The iNotebook includes a rechargeable, Bluetooth-enabled writing recognition receiver, which communicates with the enclosed pen allowing handwritten notes to transfer directly to the iPad. The pen includes an integrated stylus allowing the user to write directly on their iPad without smudging or scratching the screen. It uses a standard, user-replaceable 9 ½ x 7 ½ notepad. No special paper is needed. All of the iNotebook's components are contained in a stylish, high quality leather portfolio case, which secures the iPad and allows it to be viewed in both landscape and portrait positions.
The iNotebook works with a free app that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. The app provides the ability to record any written content and transcribe it directly to your iPad - from notes and lectures, to signatures and business critical documents. It also allows all files to be saved to iCloud, and content to be shared amongst devices. The embedded email capability allows users to email any files directly from the app. It allows users to customize the background of their documents and organize saved files. Documents can easily be edited within the app using the iNotebook pen's stylus. It also offers Facebook and Twitter integration so documents can easily be shared on Facebook or Twitter. The app can also record conversations and lectures to pair with the handwritten notes.
The iNotebook will be available in June at an MSRP of $149.99.