Sponsored Links

This Windows tablet lets you use any metal object as a pen

This Windows tablet lets you use any metal object as a pen
Dana Wollman
Dana Wollman|@danawollman|January 5, 2015 3:00 PM

Sure, pens on tablets are great -- until you misplace them. Even when there's a pen-hole built into the device, there's a good chance you'll either lose it at a coffee shop, or at the very least forget to pack it before leaving the house in the morning. Lenovo has a unique solution: Take some scissors to it. Or a Philips screwdriver. Or maybe even a Swiss Army knife. The company just unveiled a special version of its existing 8-inch Yoga 2 Windows tablet that allows you to use any conductive object as a pen. That means all the objects you see in the photo above -- and yes, that includes a pencil.

Gallery: Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Tablet with AnyPen | 7 Photos

Lenovo's "AnyPen" technology, as it's called, isn't entirely a new concept -- Sony already has a phone that supports both pen and pencil input. Even then, though, we've never seen a gadget that allows you to use quite so many mundane objects as writing implements. Also, with this workaround, Lenovo was able to do something quite clever: Take a tablet that previously didn't support pen input at all, and retrofit it to make it work with all the pens. Also, keep in mind that because the original Yoga Tablet 2 didn't have a pen, there was no pen slot, so the fact that you can use any device as a writing implement helps sidestep that issue quite nicely. The device goes on sale this month, for $299 -- a $20 premium over the regular model. Be warned, though: The AnyPen tablet has the same one-year warranty as all the other Yoga 2 Tablets. Something to keep in mind before you start poking at it with a fork.
All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. All prices are correct at the time of publishing.
This Windows tablet lets you use any metal object as a pen