Show Us Your Handwriting

For most of us, typing supplanted the pen and pencil years ago—nowadays, anything longer than a thank you note feels odd to write on real paper. Sadly, the keyboard is taking the great, weird eccentricities of handwriting with it. » 1/22/15 2:47pm 1/22/15 2:47pm

Bic Is Trying To Make a Font Based on All the World's Handwriting

In yet another crushing blow to Comic Sans, pen-maker Bic is currently soliciting handwriting samples from anyone on Earth who wants to participate in its Universal Typeface Experiment. The goal is to create a universal font that will presumably supplant Comic Sans as the go-to typeface for amateur designers making… » 6/11/14 3:00pm 6/11/14 3:00pm

Google is adding handwriting input to Gmail and Docs. Starting today, you can use your trackpad or mouse to hand-draw characters in a variety of languages. [Gmail Blog via 9to5Google] » 10/22/13 12:11pm 10/22/13 12:11pm

This Robot Can Write All the Thank You Notes You're Too Lazy To Send

It's good form to send a thank you note when given a gift, but how many of us ever really manage to find the time to do so? A New York company called Bond Gifts assumes very few of us, so it's created an app-powered robot with perfect penmanship that can hand write a thank you—or any kind of note—on your behalf. » 10/10/13 9:20am 10/10/13 9:20am

This App Lets You Send Handwritten Greeting Cards Right From Your Phone

In a world of texts and emails, handwritten notes are getting rarer and rare because they require that heinous thing called "effort." Or at least they used to. A new iOS app called Inkly takes almost all the work out of it, except for the actual writing part. » 10/23/12 10:33am 10/23/12 10:33am

Is Handwriting Dead?

These days, virtually all of our personal communication is performed digitally or over the phone. We type emails, compose tweets, blurt out status updates, spit out instant messages, make phone calls... and not a single bit of it is handwritten. » 10/08/12 6:09am 10/08/12 6:09am

New Device Turns Eye Movement Into Handwriting

I always dreamed about being able to write or draw with no hands, using just my eyes. This new device invented by Dr. Jean Lorenceau at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris would allow me to do exactly that. Magic? Science! » 7/27/12 11:59am 7/27/12 11:59am

Nobody Writes Anything Anymore, Says Study

Have any of you picked up a pen and paper to scrawl some note or jot down a quick to do list only to find your hand muscles have gone slack and your once-clear, familiar handwriting now crooked and forced? I have. Sometimes. It's really rather sad. » 6/22/12 10:40pm 6/22/12 10:40pm

First-Grader With No Hands Wins National Handwriting Award

This is Annie Clark. She's only seven, and sadly she was born without hands. But that doesn't seem to pose much of a problem for her, because she's just won a national penmanship award. A handwriting award. Without hands. » 4/20/12 8:51am 4/20/12 8:51am

How the Pen Evolved from a Humble Paintbrush Into a Precise Instrument…

Yeah, you can buy those blue Bic pens in bulk if you want—a boatload costs about as much as your morning coffee. And all pens are pretty much the same, right? Of course not. Cheapo pens are much more likely to leave ink smeared across your nose, bleeding through your pants pocket, or glopping up your page. » 4/12/12 3:20pm 4/12/12 3:20pm

Computers Are Killing the Beauty of Cursive

"These kids are losing time where they create beauty every day," Professor Christen said. "But it's hard for me to make a practical argument for it. I'm not one who's mourning it because of that; I'm mourning the beauty, the aesthetics." » 4/28/11 1:47am 4/28/11 1:47am

The Fastest Text Input Test: Laptop, iPhone, Pen, Palm, or Newton?

In this totally unscientific but reasonably fair test, one man writes a long paragraph on several different devices (including pen and paper) to test speed. The results may surprise and anger you. » 1/21/10 11:00pm 1/21/10 11:00pm

Next-Gen Audi A8 Includes Handwriting Recognition, Bafflingly

Think texting while driving is dangerous? How about leaning over to the center console to scrawl "NEAREST BATHROOM!!!!!" on your car's navigation system with a stylus? Audi's next-gen A8 includes handwriting recognition to make that dangerous dream a dangerous reality. » 7/30/09 8:30pm 7/30/09 8:30pm

Windows 7 Tablet Capabilities Make Tablet PCs, and You, Smarter

Tablet PCs usually seem like a great idea until you actually use them, but the Windows 7 team has been working hard to make the platform more usable than ever— especially for students. » 4/25/09 1:45pm 4/25/09 1:45pm

Mintpad Wireless Post-Its Good For Classroom Note-Passing, Digital-Style

Digitized Post-It-alike gizmos aren't » 11/05/08 8:15am 11/05/08 8:15am , but none I can think of is quite as functional as Mintpass' Mintpad. It's a web-surfing, Wi-Fi, media player with 1.3-megapixel cam, microphone and built-in speaker, 4GB of memory with microSD expansion. it's a 320 x 240-pixel 2.9-inch touchscreen note-taker.

Asus Working on Handwriting-Pad Add-on for Eee PC

While modders are busily adapting the Eee PC for touchscreen capability, it seems that Asus has been working on an official handwriting recognition add-on. Demoed at last weeks Computex show, the Asus pad accepts English and Chinese (traditional and simplified) characters and simply plugs into the Eee's USB port. It… » 6/11/08 9:00am 6/11/08 9:00am

iPhone 2.0 Firmware Will Have Handwriting Recognition, Go to Japan and…

A blog on the Wretch.cc network (kinda like a Chinese blogspot) has screens from the Chinese version of iPhone's 2.0 firmware, detailing the new handwriting recognition. If it's real, which it seems to be, the new firmware will let people draw in characters with their fingers, then pick the closest approximation among… » 5/05/08 12:46pm 5/05/08 12:46pm

Question of the Day: Does Typing Make Your Handwriting Worse?

Thanks to a first grade teacher who had a boot camp approach to handwriting, my cursive remains elegant despite the fact that I haven't written as much as a letter in at least 5 years. However, it has come to my attention that in an age of email, text messages and electronic documents, handwriting skill can… » 4/14/08 8:20pm 4/14/08 8:20pm

A1Pro Keyboard Has Handwriting Pad With Character Recognition

This A1Pro keyboard isn't that useful for us, who can type just fine with the standard QWERTY keys, but is incredibly useful for, say, Chinese people who want to write characters the way they're used to writing on paper (typing takes a lot longer to learn). The keyboard looks normal on the left, but instead of a… » 9/19/07 2:00pm 9/19/07 2:00pm