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With this digital pen, you can spell check your handwritten notes

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With a Kickstarter pledge of £109 (add £10 for overseas shipping) that equals about $162, I could never misspell potato or broccoli again on my grocery list.

The Lernstift pen, a project created by two fathers hoping to help their children detect spelling and handwriting mistakes, looks like a pretty cool project that shows how radio technology embedded vision and fancy algorithms can all come together to add more interactivity to a device.

The pen combines electronics and connectivity to gently vibrate when a person using it spells a word incorrectly or writes illegibly. A lot of things go into this package — from licensing handwriting recognition software to building a custom board that’s oval instead of rectangular. And because it’s a fledgling product, it might never get made, but the founders are hoping to have the first products to backers this fall.

Earlier this week I got excited

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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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