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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

What is it?

Shaped like a fat ballpoint, the C-Pen is a Swedish take on the electronic organiser.

What does it do?

It scans and stores printed text in a downloadable format by using optical character recognition technology. A miniature digital camera in the tip reads text one line at a time as the C-Pen is drawn across it. Up to 3,000 A4 pages can be stored in 8Mb of flash memory. The pen can also be used for note-taking by 'writing' with it on a patterned surface and can even translate text in a few foreign languages.

What's the competition?

Regular personal organisers offer more functionality, but tapping in the equivalent of a printed page could take hours. Pocket photocopiers are fiddly and produce bad copies. If you want a portable text scanner, this is it.

When can I get it?

It's available now, for between pounds 150 and pounds 289, depending on the model.

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