The definite article: Internet Pen


Occsionally a gadget is invested which is so very clever that it seems only right to seek out the boffins responsible and present them with some token of your respect.

The Chatpen is one such gadget. Using a tiny built-in digital camera, the pen 'reads' your handwriting and then transmits it, via mobile phone, as an e-mail. So, for example, a GP could sign an online prescription and then send his signature to your pharmacist. And anyone ordering a bouquet of flowers could ensure that the card carried their handwriting rather than the florist's. If you do buy the Chatpen, make sure you first bunch goes to the inventors at Sony Ericsson.
The pen is available from Sysnet at

This article featured in the Sunday Telegraph Magazine on the 6th April 2003