Digital Pens and Pads for Vector Scribbling

As part of my ongoing fascination with alternate input devices and especially as a tactile/visual thinker, I’ve been researching digital pens. I’m also intrigued as a designer by the core problems of this kind of device and the range of solutions. Ultimately, I want something I can sketch smart UML and UI diagrams with and have them convert to running software 😉

As a side-inspiration, Sarah Zettel’s excellent novel The Fool’s War includes pen-based UI in the spaceships where a special pen is used to access information and sign the log as an authentication device. Continue reading