Developed by Israel-based OTM Technology, Phree is a digital pen that you can use to, in the words of the CEO, express yourself anywhere, anytime on any surface. Well, nearly any surface. It doesnt write on glass, and it writes ineffectively on bumpy surfaces like crackers, as demonstrated by Gilad Lederer, OTM co-founder and CEO, during our visit to their Raanana office.
The stylus utilizes an optical sensor, invented by Lederer and his co-founders Opher Kinrot and Uri Kinrot, to measure any objects motion in three dimensions. It connects to machines( laptops, smartphones, tablets, VR headsets) through Bluetooth and works with Windows and Android-based applications, including handwriting acceptance software.
OTM also offers an iOS and Android app that enables users to take quick notes on their arm, the wall, a banana, etc. without having to open up their smartphones. In future versions, the company plans to implement two features: Phree as a headset to answer calls and a messaging screen on the stylus where consumers will be able to respond by writing on their leg, for example.
Even with Bluetooth latency, the connection between Phree and the device is fewer than 15 milliseconds, which is almost instantaneous. The styluss tip offers many levels of pressure and can be used as a brushing. Although these features demonstrate useful for illustrators, according to Lederer, Phree is geared toward young professionals for scribbling notes in fulfills and annotating documents.
Its impressive, but unless youre an artist who doesnt want to lug around a tablet, an report exec who enjoys defacing spreadsheets or the schmo whos keen on realizing their handwriting digitized, $198 is a bit pricey merely to save those extra few seconds of actually opening up your telephone to jot down a note. Plus, its only another thing to stick in your pocket, along with your billfold, phone and keys.
OTM plans to go into production in the coming months, but Phree is currently available for pre-order through Indiegogo, when the corporation has raised more than $1.5 million, 1,066 percentage more than its original goal.