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

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

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

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