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Now, digital pen to help kids with handwriting and spelling errors
Washington, July 13, 2013
First Published: 14:02 IST(13/7/2013)
Last Updated: 14:09 IST(13/7/2013)

Scientists have developed a digital pen to help clean up handwriting and spelling errors.

The brainchild of two German entrepreneurs, Lernstift is a regular pen with real ink, but inside is a special motion sensor and a small battery-powered Linux computer with a WiFi chip.

Together those parts allow the pen to recognize specific movements, letter shapes and know a wide assortment of words.

If it senses bad letter formation or messy handwriting, it will gently vibrate.

The goal is also to make it smart enough that when you misspell a word it will vibrate as well.

Daniel Kaesmacher, the 33-year-old co-founder of Lernstift, which means 'Learning Pen' in German, told ABC News that the pen will have two functions-calligraphy and orthography mode.

He said that when it comes to orthography mode-the pen will be able to recognize words and compare the word it recognized to a language database. If the word isn't recognized it will vibrate.

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