Wednesday, 17 August 2005

I have a request for makers of Tablet PC hardware - one that I think would be totally feasible, and would greatly simplify my Tablet PC ownership.

The one thing about using a Tablet PC that regularly haunts me, as an adult male approaching midlife crisis age (and with all the associate baggage in areas like memory, concentration, etc), is the fact that the pen/stylus I love to use with the Tablet is really, really, reaaaaally easy to misplace. It's a problem.

Cuz ya know, there's nothing quite like having a fancy-dancy convertible notebook Tablet PC without a pen. Heh.

Just ask the IT guys at my company who loses the most styluses (styluses? stylii? hmmm). They'll just roll their eyes, laugh and point at me.

So, here is my idea, recorded here for posterity: Build in a proximity device that I can turn on that will make the pen chirp or something if it's more than, say, about 15 feet away from it's home (the Tablet PC, that is) for some extended period of time.

Heck, it might even be worth enabling the pen to speak out loud and say something like, "That dork Greg Hughes at 503-629-xxxx left me sitting here all alone. Please call him and tell him to come pick me up, and that he needs to go put a quarter in the jar."

Or something like that. I'd settle for just the chirping alarm.

Any other bright ideas?

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Wednesday, 17 August 2005 04:59:13 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Thursday, 18 August 2005 20:50:54 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
You could always get a CORD for it. ;)

Seriously though, Toshiba sells a tether for their pens as an option. Why it's not standard, I'll never know. They also have a "reserve pen" that is smaller and hides in the battery well for emergencies.

If I were you, rather than trying to find a high-tech way to solve an age-old problem, I'd solve it the way forgetful people have been doing for years.

Wrap a cord around it and hang it from your neck. :)
Thursday, 18 August 2005 21:30:23 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Heheheh, yeah I actually do that. But in this age of miniaturization, I figure a little "I'm lost" alarm would be a welcome addition.

Toshiba's got the pen thing down pat - and the spare stylus hidden inside is a great bonus.
Tuesday, 23 August 2005 12:42:33 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
You want something like this:

Only better/smaller. I bet the chip in the keyring can be implanted in the stylus itself. Then you'd just have to not lose the remote doohickey
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