OCR on the Run: QuickLink Pen Scanner
Business cards, memos, charts, magazine articles--you want the information
you collect while away from your desk, but you don't want to lug a notebook
or all that paper back to the office. Wizcom Technologies offers a better
way to capture and organize text information: the $130
The included Wizcom software, which communicates with your PC via the bundled serial port interface or infrared, makes syncing the unit to your PC simple. The pen itself can be hot-plugged, so you don't need to reboot each time you attach it. If you buy the QuickLink Pen directly from Wizcom's Web site, the company will throw in a $30 USB adapter free. The pen integrates 2MB of flash memory, which is user-upgradable to 4MB for $50 or to 8MB for $79. The 3-ounce pen scanner runs on two AAA batteries.
The device takes some getting used to. In my first tests with a shipping unit, the error rate was unacceptably high for a portable device equipped with few buttons for making changes. But with some practice, I reduced the error rate to less than 5 percent--fine for any OCR package.
If you collect a lot of text material away from the office, the QuickLink Pen can lighten your load and help you get that information organized.