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A Multifunctional Smart Pen records your hand writing in real-time and turns your computer in to a tablet like touch screen. Read more

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A Multifunctional Smart Pen records your hand writing in real-time and turns your computer in to a tablet like touch screen.

About this project

Mimoto Smart Pen is the only multifunction smart pen that records hand writing in real-time and can turn a computer into a tablet like touch screen.

For the first time ever you can use a smart pen to record real-time hand writing, enable touch screen on your personal computer, play video games, browse the web or use it as a stylus to draw or write.

 

Mimoto Smart Pen records hand writing wirelessly and transfers everything in real-time as you write it, to your iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Blackberry, Mac or PC. 

It looks and writes just like any other ballpoint pen but uses high powered ultrasound and infrared sensors, just like the once found in your popular gaming consoles to detect body motion. We modified our sensors to detect hand and pen motion.  After attaching a receiver to the top of a standard sheet of paper the Mimoto Pen’s sensors  go to work and start to record your hand writing and transfer it in real-time to any one of your portable devices.

Records Hand Writing in Real-Time
Records Hand Writing in Real-Time

Mimoto Smart Pen also turns your windows laptop or computer in to a touch screen!

Simply attach the touch screen receiver to the side of your computer, change the pen's ink refill in to a stylus refill and you're ready to explore the full potential of touch screen capabilities.

Play Video Games
Play Video Games

With the touch screen feature you can browse the web, play video games, draw or write, just like you would with a stylus.

Amiweb :  "Team of engineers and designers from Mimoto Tech have developed yet another innovative product"

AppleMagazine: "A fun and new way for students and working professionals to take notes"

iPhone Developers Journal: " It's a great product with a lot of potential to revolutionize the way we look at note taking"

Reuters: " Mimoto Tech's engineers used the latest Ultrasound and Infrared sensors to develop Mimoto Pen"

Daily News: "Mimoto Smart Pen enables touch screen capability on your computer; now that's innovative"

THE PROJECT

In September 2012, after a long meeting with a client and taking extensive notes, one of our colleagues mistakenly placed his notes with the same pile of paper work that was to be recycled later that evening by the office maintenance staff.  Next morning he was relentlessly looking for his notes, and of course for obvious reasons, he wasn't able to find them. This is how the idea for Mimoto Smart Pen was born.  It originated as an idea to help prevent loss of notes and sketches during meetings, by creating an accessory for your Android phone that would record notes in real-time. We've done exactly on what we set out to achieve, however, since then our Android phone accessory has evolved in to something much more.

Today, the Mimoto Smart Pen works as an accessory with your iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry devices, while at the same time working as a stand alone device, enabling touch screen capability on Windows based computers and laptops.

Multifunction Options & Smart Technology

No other smart pen has the same amount of multifunctional capabilities as the Mimoto Smart Pen does.

1. Record hand written notes from paper and in real-time transfer them directly to your phone or a touchpad device.

2. Using our App, transfer your notes in three seconds to your favorite productivity apps or social media.

3. Record your hand written notes from paper without the use of your phone or touchpad. (Records directly to the device, up to 100 pages) Later just transfer the notes to your computer or any other smart device.

4. Easily transforms your PC or laptop in to a touch screen capable device.

5. Using the touch screen feature you can browse the web, play video games, and use it as stylus to draw and write on your PC.

Specifications

  • Technology - Ultrasound and Infrared image sensors, similar to your latest video game consoles.
  • Connectivity- Wireless for real-time hand writing and USB connection for touch screen feature
  • Connectivity to mobile devices - Through a Bluetooth connection
  • USB connection / charging - 1 x USB-4pin type A
  • Receivers unit battery life without Bluetooth on (stand alone mode) - 8 hours of continuous writing
  • Receivers unit battery life with Bluetooth on - 5 hours of continuous writing
  • Pen battery life - 90 hours of continuous writing
  • Recharge time - About 2.5 hours
  • Charge type: USB-4pin type A / pen and receiver 
  • Battery time: Lithium ion
  • Coverage area - A4 standard paper size
  • Coverage area for Touch Screen Feature - 26" screen
  • Memory Capacity in Stand Alone Mode - 2MB (100 pages A4)
  • Bluetooth range - 3.3 feet

Mimoto Smart Pen working together as an accessory to your phone or touchpad.

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Mimoto Smart Pen working independently, recording handwriting directly to the receiver. Has capability to record 100 pages worth of notes or sketches without the use of any other devices.

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Brief video on how easy the smart pen works

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Through our App easily share your sketches or writings with your favorite social media apps, email or note management programs.

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How easy it's to switch from pen mode to stylus

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Smart Pen Calibration process to enable Touch-Screen features on your PC.

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Prototype Development
Prototype Development
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RELIABILITY AND QUALITY TESTING - During the prototype development process, we completed the following testing procedures to ensure that the prototypes and the final product are of the highest quality: 

  • Documents reading and writing speed

  • Capacity

  • Format

  • Big file copying time & comparative

  • Disturb & Fatigue

  • Mainframe computer's compatibility

  • Maximum/Minimum voltage operation

  • Static Dynamic current consumption

  • Continual recording and function

  • Stress and Drop

  • Button Life 

  • Adhesion

  • Charger Insert / Pull Out 

  • Durability

  • Temperature / Humidity / Wet

Original Design vs Upgraded
Original Design vs Upgraded
Rewards
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  • Roman has over 10 years of experience in international business development, product development, outsource manufacturing,global sourcing, logistics and marketing. With extensive experience in international business, combined with a bachelor's degree in accounting, Mr. Gudzyuk has been played an integral role in many product development projects both for U.S. government and large corporations alike. Whether it's assisting a defense contractor on the next generation UAV or working with a large retailer on the next big consumer electronic prototype, Mr. Gudzyuk has always brought integrity and transparency to every project he's worked on.With an extensive network of manufacturing partners throughout Silicon Valley U.S., Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia, Mr. Gudzyuk's key role is to continue developingand maintaining strategic business relationships domestically and abroad.
  • Director of Smart Electric Power System Laboratory atThe College of New Jersey. Dr. Anthony Deese, Ph.D. received his Bachelor of Science (BS) in computer engneering as well as Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in electrical engineering from Philadelphia's Drexel University in 2003 and 2008 respectively. He spent two years as a postdoctoral research fellow and adjunct assistant professor at Drexel's Center for Electric Power Engineering (CEPE). He has significant experience teaching undergraduate as well as graduate courses on linear circuit analysis, electronic devices, power system analysis, power electronics, and economic operation of power systems. His research interests include nonlinear system optimization and smart grid technologies. Focus is placed on problems relevant to power and energy.He has published more than20 peer-reviewed research works and served as principal investigator (PI) for more than $150,000.00 in external funding. His recent work is featured in both the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems and IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. He is a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society, serving regularly as a reviewer for IEEE conferences and journals as well as NSF funding panels.

  • Mr. Ivanchuk has nearly 15 years of award-winning Marketing, Branding, and Multi-Disciplinary Design experience; coupled with a bachelor’s degree in Design and extensive studies in Idea Development and Corporate Culture Management. Mr. Ivanchuk is an active member of ICSC and The Designer’s Accord – a global coalition of designers, educators, and business leaders working together to create positive environmental and social impact.
  • André Ivanchuk is also the Founder and CEO of Such Chaos™ where he oversees the organization's product development, business strategy, branding and design initiatives. In his departmental role as Creative Director, Mr. Ivanchuk is responsible for the idea conceptualization and development – including creative for print, online, video, packaging design, brand positioning and development strategies.

  • Our partners from team Adoriasoft consistently provide us with the necessary resources and expertise in a range software development, design, project management, QA testing, ongoing maintenance of products. This is a great team works with cutting edge technologies and treats every project as their top priority.Striving for technical excellence in every detail they strictly focus on product specification requirements.Adoriasoft specialists have hands on experience in mobile software development, web development (including mobile web), quality assurance and testing, cross-platform software (PhoneGap, Titanium), Business automation software, Bespoke software development,System utilities for MacOS, Windows, mobile platforms, Information security, cryptography, steganography,server applications, Wireless 3G/4G, Bluetooth/WiFi applications, VoIP, voice codecs, data signal processing, Complex Web applications and portals (ASP.NET, PHP, REST web services, JavaScript rich clients.

How we got here

PILOT PRODUCTION RUN OF 25 UNITS: For pilot testing the assembly process and quality testing purposes we made 25 prototype smart pens to make sure that everything works properly. We tested our assembly process to identify any bottlenecks and so far everything looks great.

Pen Prototype Assembly
Pen Prototype Assembly
Receiver Prototype Assembly
Receiver Prototype Assembly

With your support we are ready for mass production!

We already completed one of the most critical portions of this project:

  • We assembled a great team in Philadelphia and in Hong Kong
  • We designed & engineered the smart pen to be mass-manufactured
  • We built and tested 2 different prototypes before moving forward with the final design
  • We completed additional rigorous testing just to make sure we got it right
  • We pilot tested a production run of 25 additional Alpha units

Now we're nearly ready to set up full-scale manufacturing, to get you the Mimoto Smart Pen delivered as soon as possible. This last step is very critical and we need your support to get to the finish line. In order for us to mass produce our smart pen and to keep it affordable, we need manufacture at least 2,000 units for this to happen. To meet these requirements we need to raise additional funds in order to purchase the additional material for the assembly line. We can't do it without your support!

Please support us in any way that you can. Whether its liking us on Facebook, spreading the word to your family and friends, or backing us through Kickstarter, we truly appreciate all your support, no matter what form it comes in.

Our Progress: In October, 2012 we came out with our initial design of the smart pen we wanted to develop. By December we were already on the plane to Hong Kong to discuss this new project with our manufacturer. By February, 2013 we submitted our final cad drawings and by April of the same year our first bare prototype was developed.

Risks and challenges

Even though it's our first project on Kickstarter, its not our first project, where we successfully brought a prototype product to mass production. Since 2009 we have been working as facilitators for the outsource manufacturing sector in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia; helping small and large companies to design, prototype, and manufacture consumer electronic products using the same procedures that we are using currently to develop the Mimoto Smart Pen.

But just in case there are any surprises, our team has developed multiple contingency plans just in case something goes wrong. So rest assured that this project is in good and reliable hands.

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    Thank for your support!
    No pledge is to small for us. For your support we will include you in all of our latest updates for Mimoto Smart Pen and all future projects. We appreciate any help that we can get.

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    Kickstarters that are backing us by pledging $35 will get our exclusive T-shirt depicting a 16th century painting of Miyamoto Musashi in action. The painting itself is a beautiful art peace that came from a 16th century wood block. Miyamoto Musashi was the inspiration behind the name "MIMOTO"

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    9 backers Limited (391 left of 400)

    For limited time only! We are offering the Mimoto Touch Pen to our backers. This reward enables Touch Screen capabilities on your PC. You will receive a receiver to enable touch screen and stylus smart pen.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - The original prototype design: Help us get things moving and receive our original Mimoto Smart Pen. 1 pen, 1 receiver, 2 ink refills. This Smart Pen has a retail value of $179.

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    About $145 USD

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    *Upgraded Pen Design* - 1 pen, 1 receiver, 2 ink refills. This Smart Pen has a retail value of $195.

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    19 backers Limited (4481 left of 4500)

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - The original prototype design: *Receive the Mimoto Smart Pen with the Touch Screen Feature, all in one package.
    1 pen, 1 regular receiver, 1 touch screen receiver, 2 stylus tips, 2 ink refills.
    This package has a $229 retail value.

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    33 backers

    *Upgraded Pen Design* - Receive the Mimoto Smart Pen with the Touch Screen Feature, all in one package. 1 pen, 1 regular receiver, 1 touch screen receiver, 2 stylus tips, 2 ink refills. This package has a $239 retail value.

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    3 backers

    *Upgraded Pen Design* Receive the Mimoto Smart Pen with the Touch Screen Feature, + Miyamoto Musashi (Samurai) T-shirt, all in one package. 1 pen, 1 regular receiver, 1 touch screen receiver, 2 stylus tips, 2 ink refills. This package has a $274 retail value.

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Funding period

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