Instead of a slap on the wrist, bad spellers can soon get a good shaking up. The German inventors of Lernstift claim their digital pen can spell check words and curb sloppy handwriting — all by delivering some good vibrations. The idea for the smart pen came to Munich software developer Falk Wolsky while he was watching his 10-year-old son do his homework. The child was making small mistakes, the kind that would be preventable if he could just focus on his writing. “My wife said, ‘I wish the pen would give him an electroshock or something to make him think about his spelling,’” Wolsky, 36, told Wired.com. “I thought, an electroshock wasn’t so good, but a vibration might work.” The dad teamed up with Daniel Kaesmacher, 33, to work on a prototype. Lernstift, which means “Learning Pen” in German, uses a tiny battery-powered Linux computer with a WiFi chip. A special motion sensor allows the pen to spot messy handwriting and misspelled words. The pen will “compare the word it recognized to a language database. If the word isn’t recognized it will vibrate,” co-founder Daniel Kaesmacher told ABC. Unlike other smart pens, Lernstift doesn’t require specialty paper. It also… Read full this story
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