Phree: The Bluetooth pen that writes on almost any surface
Hi guys!!! The Bluetooth pen that writes on almost any surface ,The pen is a natural input device for many people, but as mobile devices become ever more capable, a problem becomes increasingly evident: it's inconvenient to use a stylus with small-screen devices like smartphones, phablets, and 7-8-inch tablets.
Next year, if its KickStarter project comes to fruition, Israeli startup OTM Technologies will market a stylus with a difference: it's called Phree, and it allows you to write on almost any surface within Bluetooth range of your device, displaying the resulting input on-screen. Furthermore, with Phree you'll be able to answer calls (it has a speaker and a headset jack) and interact with notifications (it has an OLED touch-screen) -- answering a text message by writing on the back of your hand, for example.
As computing moves to smaller-screened mobile devices, the appeal of a technology that doesn't need to write directly on the screen increases greatly. The KickStarter population certainly seems to think so: at the time of writing, with 18 days to go, the Phree campaign has exceeded its $100,000 goal by more than seven times.
As well as the Phree itself - which measures 142mm by 18mm by 8.5mm and weighs 30g - the company has cleverly designed a case that not only supports wireless charging for the Bluetooth pen, but also converts into a stand for your smartphone. The pen's battery lasts for around a week and takes about an hour to recharge, according to OTM Technologies.
OTM Technologies' Lederer is, naturally, bullish about Phree's prospects, noting that, "Now, with wearables, the Internet of Things, smart home, virtual reality... suddenly you have a proliferation of devices with various ways to load you with information -- but a lot of them are very limited in the way you interact with them."