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The Future PC as a Set of Pens?

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the pocket-protectors-back-in-style dept.

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Strudelkugel writes "The Wave Report covers a concept PC that NEC is working on, called P-ISM. (Maybe the name doesn't work, but it looks cool.) The design concept uses five different pens to make a computer. One pen is a CPU, another a camera, one creates a virtual keyboard, another projects the visual output and thus the display and another a communicator (a phone). All five pens can rest in a holding block which recharges the batteries and holds the mass storage. Each pen communicates wirelessly with the others."

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Batman touched my junk liberally. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361699)

Batman touched my junk liberally. he strapped me in to his batmobile and he couldnt keep his offensive hands off of me. he was performing many red flag touches. i couldnt believe what the fuck was going on. i told batman the city would not approve of a millionaire touching an underage kid for free.

Can you believe it? Batman did all this. He picked me off the street, strapped my arms and legs down in the batmobile's passenger seat, and just wouldn't stop fondling my cock'n'balls.

They definately were red flag touches. the goddamn referee he had in the back seat kept on raising up this red flag every time he touched my junk but did batman care? NO WAY! He just kept on doing it. I couldn't believe what the fuck was going on, indeed. I pleaded with Mr. Wayne but to no avail. I told him the city would not approve of such a wealthy man touching an underage kid like me (at the time I was 13) without at least compensating me for the trauma and the use of my body as his own personal plaything.

This got to him, worrying about his image. He continued to fondle me, all the while ignoring the referee's red flags. Then he drove the batmobile to my house and *ejected the seat I was in*! It was amazing. But surprisingly, after I woke up the next morning, my bank account had $150k in it! Can you believe it?

Re:Batman touched my junk liberally. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361722)

That's a really weird dream, dude.

You need counselling.

first (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361708)

first (prob not tho :(

Re:first (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361737)

Doh off by a minute!

=P

Anyway, at the rate people lose their pens, this is probably not too great...

Needless to say: NO, you CANNOT borrow my pen!

YOU FAIL IT. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361933)

Power Rangers Bastardization (5, Funny)

DarkHelmet (120004) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361712)

Five pens put together.. Do they do ninja moves Power Rangers style?
Just imagine, one pen a different color (Red, Blue, Black, Yellow and Pink).

Camera!
Virtual Keyboard
Output!
Phone!
CPU!

I can imagine there would also be Green, Purple and White pens. These would be evil addon pens.

I can't imagine what they'd fight against. It would be the lamest thing since Gumby.

Re:Power Rangers Bastardization (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361744)

I can't imagine what they'd fight against.

Um.. Voltron?
"And I'll form... the head!"

Even Better Than That (3, Funny)

Alan Partridge (516639) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361748)

If they make these pens look like crystals, we can start living it up in out own personal fortresses of solitude!

Re:Power Rangers Bastardization (5, Funny)

thestarz (719386) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361786)

I can't imagine what they'd fight against.

Pencils?

Re:Power Rangers Bastardization (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361924)

Penis?

Re:Power Rangers Bastardization (5, Funny)

physicsboy500 (645835) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361828)

No, no you,ve got it all wrong It's: with their powers combined they become: CAPTAIN PLANET


the first pens that are capable of hugging trees on their own, and you thought your show was lame!

Re:Power Rangers Bastardization (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361857)

Someone needs to take less crack in the morning. This is not going to be the future of anything except toys for the rich.

Re:Power Rangers Bastardization (1)

gwayne (306174) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361984)

I can imagine there would also be Green, Purple and White pens. These would be evil addon pens.

Funny. Aren't those the colors of the Windows logo?

Hey! That's My pen!!! (5, Funny)

Sir.Cracked (140212) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361715)

And you think you get pissed off now when someone walks off with one of your pens....

I'm reminded of the old Kids in the Hall sketch. "Hey, That's my pen!!!"

A little too out there.... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361718)

The take up for this sort of thing will be very bad.

Make it 5 pocket protectors instead (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361720)

If you want to sell to geeks, you have to know your market

Re:Make it 5 pocket protectors instead (4, Funny)

*weasel (174362) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361803)

Static bag pocket protectors - be the first geek on the block to properly protect your new portable!

Looks neat, but (5, Interesting)

lavalyn (649886) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361723)

I can't see the keyboard taking off. I don't know about you, but I like feeling the keys putting up resistance and knowing that I pressed the keys correctly. Well, that's what they've said so far about the infrared projector keyboard, and I certainly don't see anybody using those.

That projector pen would definitely be nice though, I hope they make it project far and wide (and sharp).

Re:Looks neat, but (5, Interesting)

Bushcat (615449) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361995)

You don't have to use the keyboard exclusively. It just has to be one of the options available to you at any given moment.

Secondly, there are a lot of "keyboards" out there that don't have any tactile feedback yet sell well enough: think of touchscreen ticket machines, for example (ooh er, perhaps there aren't any in the US since there's precious little public transport).

Also, consider decoupling the projector mechanism from the detector: the projected keyboard is simply a guide for the operator. The detector is a robust, solid-state item that can be made extremely rugged. The "keyboard" could be etched on steel for vandal-proof phones with internet access keyboards, for example. Or keypads in extreme temperature/chemical environments. They don't have to be one of NEC's never-see-the-light-of-day toys.

Finally, the sensor doesn't have to be configured as a keyboard at all. It could be a mousepad area, where you don't need a mouse: any object would do.

Looks somebody watches 80's anime. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361724)

This is just the sort of inprobable usefully useless technology I'd expect to see make the Anime to reality jump.

Sounds interesting, but goofy. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361725)

I'll stick to my CRTs and AT-style keyboards, thanks.

We've come full circle... (5, Funny)

chinton (151403) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361732)

You will once again be able to identify a geek by his pocket protector.

OMG OMG YOU MUST READ THIS! VVV L@@K BELOW VVV (-1)

Can it run Linux (664464) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361734)

OK, first, I know this is way offtopic, but I just HAD to share this revelation with the Slashdot community. You guys are not gonna believe this.

OK, now most of you have seen the move Billy Madison, [imdb.com] right? Ha ha, that movie kicks some serious fucking ass. Adam Sandler is like the fuckin' man and shit. Now, you remember the part, where Billy (Adam Sandler) is all hungover, and he sees this GIANT FREAKIN' PENGUIN runnin' around and shit? Oh Christ, that part is awesome. So anyway, there's this giant pengiun out there, in the middle of the blistering sun, which is like SO OUT OF FUCKING CHARACTER that it's just WHACK FUNNY. It's just this huge goofy MOTHERFUCKING PENGUIN!! It's all like ... WOW.

All right, all right, so anyway, when blitzed little Billy sees this, and it's all hot and shit out, right, and then he says like the funniest fucking line in the movie, OK? Oh man this line ROCKS. So he's all like "It's too damn hot for a pengiun!" HOLY FUCKING JESUS THAT IS SOME FUNNY QUALITY ADAM SANDLER SHIT RIGHT THERE! "It's too damn HOT for a PENGUIN!" Oh MAN, I was laughing so HARD right there and people in the theater were like THROWIN' POPCORN and shit at me so I was all like "HAHAHA FUCK YOU ALL! You dipshits don't apprecite Adam Sandler like I do!" and this one bitch was all givin' me grief and shit about "being disruptive" and "ruining the movie" and shit, right? So I'm all like "Spray it out your blow-hole, whale-butt! Your GIANT ASS is being disruptive and ruining the movie for ME!" and then I threw my empty soda cup at her and it fucking nailed her in the back of the neck but the cup wasn't really empty, see it still had a bunch of ice in it because you know after I finished the Pepsi I started to crunch the ice because it gives me something to do and shit so now I didn't have my ice cup anymore but damn if I didn't wang that fat slut nicely with it.

Wait, whuh, where was I? Oh OK. So yeah, Billy is all like "It's too damn hot for a pengiun!" and I'm just like hearin' this over and over echoing in my mind when suddenly I get like one of those, uh, moments of Claritin? Like on the TV or something? No wait, it's like a revelation or something. So then, I realize that this Adam Sandler line is an allegory to the current state of enterprise IT solutions! NO FUCKING WAY DUDE, you're saying, THAT IS SOME WHACKED UP SHIT but I'mma be all like "SMACKTARD you gotta listen up!" and shit right? OK so here is how I see it:

When he says the "too damn hot" part, well, what is HOT? THE SUN, that's right, like SUN MICROSYSTEMS. And since, like, SUN in Latin or Mexican or some shit means SOLARIS, right, so the "too damn hot" part signifies the Sun servers and the Solaris operating system! OK OK OK, now wait, this next part is going to BLOW YOUR MIND. OK, so then the "for a pengiun!" part, well, I mean, THAT is like SO FUCKING OBVIOUS that that even that burnout Ronnie down the hall would figure it out. The PENGUIN is representing Linux! I think it has to do with that Linus Torvalds or something, and he like wrote the kernel and he looks like a pengiun or some shit, but right, anyway. So it's like "too damn hot" for Linux, because Linux gets SMACKED THE FUCK DOWN by Solaris. And the Linux pengiuns HATE Sun, becuase it's all COLD at the North Pole right, and Linux knows it gets OWNED by Solaris and Solaris is all like YEAH BITCH THAT'S RIGHT WORD TO YA MOTHER.

So ADAM FUCKING SANDLER is forming like a COMPARISON between ENTERPRISE OPERATING SYSTEM and is proving CONCLUSIVELY that Solaris and other enterprise OSes will forever rule the server market. I know like everyone on Slashdot is just like all fucked up and shit about Linux but when ADAM SANDLER says something HE FUCKING MEANS IT and that means that Linux is failing and Solaris will forever dominate.

Pocket Protector Commandoes GO! (3, Funny)

Halloween Jack (182035) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361736)

Ichihashi-son used as inspiration James Bond and the future of what technology could be. But Ichihashi-son stated that this is closer to reality than what appears in the 007 movies.

I think he used the Revenge of the Nerd movies. Next up: the slide-rule server.

I wonder (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361746)

How much you can overclock a pen. I guess it depends on how hot it runs.

Re:I wonder (2, Funny)

millahtime (710421) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361798)

"How much you can overclock a pen. I guess it depends on how hot it runs.

If it gets to hot I wouldn't want that pen in my front pants pocket.

queery (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361750)

I have a queery I like putting pens up my butt. can I put these penises in my butt too?

voice recognition (5, Interesting)

fgb (62123) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361753)

If they develop good speech recognition then they wont need a keyboard pen, the pen would then just need to be a microphone.

Re:voice recognition (3, Funny)

thelasttemptation (703311) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361825)

That's right, I want a dozen people saying:
left right click click left left start run format c: enter yes enter noooooooo!!!!

Re:voice recognition (4, Insightful)

kinnell (607819) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361845)

If they develop good speech recognition

True. Unfortunately, people have been trying to develop good speech recognition for years, and it is still a long way from being viable as the main input method.

voice recognition in 'hand', not 'pen' (4, Informative)

dpilot (134227) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361865)

Reference to "The Demon with the Glass Hand," an Outer Limits episode starring Robert Culp.

His hand was a computer, and the fingers were computing elements. He needed to get all five fingers in order to make the computer whole and save Mankind from the aliens. He talked to his hand, and it answered.

Size (3, Funny)

Tarwn (458323) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361754)

And these will be even smaller then my handheld....or not. Sure you will be able to manipulate them into differant shap[es in your pocket, but what happens on the day you forget one of your pens? And imagine all the wierd looks you'll be getting at the laundramat when you go insane, not because of the ink splotch, but because of the cost :P

Sorta like the architect? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361755)

Ergo, vis-a-vis, sumo cum laude, apropos. Click click. You're a whiny bitch neo!

Open channel D! (4, Funny)

kinnell (607819) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361756)

He was really inspired by the man from u.n.c.l.e. A james bond pen would dispense acid, and have a built in laser, super electromagnet and rocket launcher.

In Brief (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361762)

The Japanese like building schoolgirls and molesting giant battle robots

(that's the right way round, yeah?)

R2D2 (1)

Brahmastra (685988) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361766)

In addition to that, there will be a little droid with pens embedded in it's head to project messages from Master Obi-wan

The problem with that (5, Interesting)

Threni (635302) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361770)

is that `virtual keyboards` are horrible. The idea just doesn't work. I have a friend who plays the piano and you should hear the BS that people with cheap, shitty keyboards come up with when they try and get him to play the piano on their horrible $200 midi keyboards.

Re:The problem with that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361799)

what does a virtual keyboard have to do with a real piano vs a midi keyboard

Re:The problem with that (3, Insightful)

Threni (635302) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361848)

> what does a virtual keyboard have to do with a real piano vs a midi keyboard

Both a virtual keyboard and a midikeyboard are shitty versions of what they're based on - they both have feedback mechanisms - which let you know which key you've pressed and how hard you've pressed it - which are simply not up to the job of serious typing or piano playing.

pens??????? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361773)

i can think of better <a href="http://www.virtualstapler.com/office_space/i mages/milton_looks.jpg">stationery</a> to put computers in

pocket protector (4, Funny)

millahtime (710421) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361778)

Can I also get a pocket protector that acts as a firewall to prevent my pens in my pocket from getting hacked?

What is the benefit of the CPU in a pen? (5, Interesting)

oneiros27 (46144) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361780)

I can see the need to put the other components into a container that can be easily moved and repositioned -- but the CPU?

Unless they're planning on making a 9 slot base, so I can have the 4 I/O pens, and 5 CPU pens, I don't see a real benefit. And I'm guessing I'd see more benefit out of having the storage be more expandable than the CPU power. [I could always replace the CPU item, but having the storage segregated makes more sense to me, so I have my work documents on one, personal stuff on another, music on a third, etc.]

Workplace theft (4, Insightful)

clemster (584028) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361785)

Think how easily supplies disappear from the workplace..... this just makes it easer to fit a "box" of computers in your briefcase/purse. Clemster.

This is a good idea why? (2, Funny)

MadDog Bob-2 (139526) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361790)

I can't help but think this is nearly as poor a design as the three sea shells [imdb.com]...

Re:This is a good idea why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361831)

uh, what was teh 'poor design' of the three sea shells? or are you just trying to make a movie-reference in an attempt to be hip?

Call me a traditionalist... (4, Interesting)

WegianWarrior (649800) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361791)

...or even a luddite, but: one creates a virtual keyboard?I happen to like the idea of having some sort of tactile feedback when I write. If I'm going to write so much on this sort of future PDA so much I need a keyboard to do it, I would much prefer either a keyboar like the Psion Series5 [idnes.cz] or a good system for transforming handwritting into input (hey, if they are going to add a camera anyway, why not put it to good use?)


Sorry NEC, but 'hammering' my fingers into the desk isn't high on my list of things to do... which isn't the same as to say that it is a stupid idea for everyone.

Re:Call me a traditionalist... (1)

chihowa (366380) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361870)

a good system for transforming handwritting into input (hey, if they are going to add a camera anyway, why not put it to good use?)

When speaking of good handwriting recognition, I think the fact that a camera is included should take back seat to the fact that say...

there are 5 pens included!

Chorded keyboard instead of projection? (5, Informative)

Reinout (4282) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361878)

Not that those things have taken off, but this might be an possibility for chorded keyboards. Typing on a projected keyboard on your desk surface won't be so much fun either...

(A chorded keyboard [handykey.com] is something you hold in one hand. You have to press a few keys at the same time (just like a piano chord) to get a character. With just a couple of keys you can apparently type pretty well. Perhaps you could fit this in an overlarge pen...)

Reinout

Already slashdotted.... (2, Funny)

The Fun Guy (21791) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361800)

I always thought the old "exploding pen" trick was a lame joke left over from Get Smart.

Plus ca change...

Re:Already slashdotted.... (1)

NeoThermic (732100) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361823)

Could it be possible that their webserver is also a collection of the said pens?

Ironic if so...

NeoThermic

New market for pen porn fetish? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361805)

One pen is a CPU, another a camera, one creates a virtual keyboard, another projects the visual output and thus the display and another a communicator (a phone).

One word. Internal. Actually, 2 words. Ewwww as well

slashdotted (2, Funny)

Ween (13381) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361816)

16 comments and slashdotted already. There doesnt appear to be a google cache either. I guess I must make the obligatory comment about them running their server on one of these pens.

i have to say it.... (1, Funny)

millahtime (710421) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361843)

Imagine a beowolf cluster of these. The supply closet could be the most power computing system in a company.

Projected keyboard (4, Informative)

Bushcat (615449) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361849)

Odd that the NEC article would show links to a Canesta solution, with a news release way back in 2002. I hesitate to post the links because both sites will get slashdotted instantly, and the latter site has a silly activex, but this [i4u.com] shows a VKB solution for a PDA. VKB itself can be seen here [vkb.co.il].

I've seen and used VKB technology. It's very compact and an elegant solution. Unlike Canesta, it doesn't need a stereoscopic view of the target area, which means it really could fit into a pen sitting in a charger or other holder.

Remember (4, Funny)

mikeophile (647318) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361851)

My pen is

is mightier than the sword.

Re:Remember (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361925)

He's being clever. I wonder how many people will see what he did?

Ink? (1)

glpierce (731733) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361853)

Imagine your embarassment when you reach into your pocket, grab your pen, and realize it's of the ink-less variety. If it's got no ink, there's no point in calling it a pen. But then...what happens when you bust the tip and the computer is fried by it? Worth the risk, I'd say.

Chicken Means You Won't See (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361863)

The Plantation Deal
A bucket of fried chicken, a side of hominy, and four slices of watermelon.

The Hillary Special
Two fat thighs, small breasts, and a left wing.

The GNAA Lunch Combo
A generous 9" hunk of dark meat with special sauce and a tossed salad.

P.S. Colonel Sanders tells you to stop reading Slashdot and go back to work, nigger!

P.P.S. I'll show you MY forgotten planet. (Insert Uranus joke here)

New market for games envisaged (2, Funny)

Operating Thetan (754308) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361866)

Upcoming titles include "Poke the Guy Next To You In The Ribs", "Ink Flick Mayhem" and "Draw on The Unconscious Drunk Guy". Still, it's better than the N-Gage.

Computers under the bed or behind the fridge? (1, Funny)

dapyx (665882) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361867)

That means that I'll find a few computers under the bed or behind the fridge every time I clean.

Ha! One-upped! (3, Funny)

NoData (9132) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361869)

P-ISM? A computer built into pens?! That's nothing! I invented a computer that's built into your jeans! I call it J-ISM, naturally.

What? It comes in your pants!

Accidental pen washing... (1)

mic-dk (755624) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361871)

You'll be sorry as never before, when you discover your pen-puter hanging out to drip-dry with your best shirt ;-)

Great! Just when geeks... (4, Funny)

Chris_Stankowitz (612232) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361874)

Just when geeks were gettin away from pocket protectors and becoming socially aceptable. Now I'll never get laid. Nevermind, wasn't much chance of that anyway.

Re:Great! Just when geeks... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361888)

stick the pen up your butt. its just as good

Wizardry (4, Funny)

dapyx (665882) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361880)

I propose replacing "pens" with "magical wands".

Ordinary people think that computing has to do with magic anyway. (must be those pesky "wizard interfaces")

Hmmm, sounds like an idea I had (1)

heironymouscoward (683461) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361884)

But where the components of the computer are small bricks that fit together like Logo. Assemble anything you like out of a pile of bricks, plug it in and it boots and does something fun. Ideally the bricks should be plastic and unbreakable, and made to a standard so that different vendors can produce speciality bricks.

Apart from the minor technical details involved in implementation, this would make the use of computers much more flexible. Not to mention fun, as we replace the computing brick in the boss's PC with a fish tank, and build ourselves entire walls of disk brick to hold our movies.

Now, only if I'd noted this in my journal.

Even though they look cool... (1)

flogger (524072) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361890)

Even though they look cool, to impress me, they should be able to run a web server that doesn't go down when mentioned on /.

#1 rejected name and catch phrase (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361894)

Pen Information System (PenIS)

"Size doesn't matter"

I guess the Pen is TRULY mightier than the... (1)

cmay (687134) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361898)

... Desktop and/or laptop.

Argh... worst..joke..ever.

I quit.

What about Storage? (3, Insightful)

Lurker McLurker (730170) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361899)

The storage seems to be in the base unit, which would seriously reduce the portablity, as the unit also contains a power supply. So it's really 5 pens and a brick.

Of course, there could be some sort of storage in the CPU pen, but not that much, surely.

are they joking? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361910)

I can't keep up with my one pen for class!
They expect me to keep up with Five now??
Put the whole thing into one pen, that writes too, and i'll buy one.

No "Beowulf Cluster" Joke yet? (0, Redundant)

chendo (678767) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361913)

Well, here it goes:

Imagine a Beowulf Cluster of those!

Although I'd imagine you could find a pretty big cluster if you walked into a stationary store ;p

And anyone feel like telling me what a 'pocket protector' is? It's almost 1am, I haven't touched my homework, and I'm about to fall asleep on the keyboard.

Sour Grapes (2, Interesting)

Catbeller (118204) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361918)

Damn. I cam up with the computer-in-the-pen idea a few months ago. Input by penstroke, display by an intelligent led projector in the top of the pen, above the hand, that could compensate for hand movement. I was going to use it in a SF story. If I had been smart as a yoot, I would have an EE and made the bloody thing. The prototype would probably have weighed ten pounds, which would have been amusing in itself.

A pen-as-PC makes design sense, for utilitarian and human reasons. People can deal with a pen. We've used them for millenia.

They also could be cell phones as well, with voice, video, and internet capabilities. Wireless, of course.

I was seriously considering applying for a patent on the idea. Ya know, sometimes working for a living gets in the way of living. No time, no time.

Photonic circuitry can someday make them cool and powerful. Should be a pretty thing to see.

Ah, well. Run with the idea, guys! I want to have one.

I can just see the pocket protectors now. (4, Funny)

nlinecomputers (602059) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361935)

Like geeks don't have enough baggage stuck on our image. I can just see the pocket protectors with cooling fans and neon lights on them....*shudder*

Printer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361942)

Is the printer pen just a regular Bic?

Mitch Hedberg (2, Funny)

DanThe1Man (46872) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361951)

This article remindes me of a standup line by Mitch Hedberg.

"I bought an expensive pen the other day because I keep loseing pens and I was tired of not careing"

Am I the only one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8361955)

... who read that as "set of penis" ?

And if you assemble them sllightly differently... (2, Funny)

ptomblin (1378) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361957)

...it becomes a gun that shoots a golden bullet.

Uh huh (1)

Dark Lord Seth (584963) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361964)

Has anyone even looked at the "Realizability" ??? "Near Term" and "Slightly Farther Out Than the Phone and Camera" both equate to "Not in your lifetime, bozo!" in my book. Pretty much like diamond-based processors, solid state storage, quantum computing and DNF.

I don't want to burst anyone's bubble, but (2, Funny)

jrockway (229604) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361970)

my CPU needs a 600 gram heatsink to run cool. This CPU pen is going to melt it's casing before the OS even thinks about starting up.

Assuming it manages to start, I think this [wired.com] is going to become a lot more common! (Oops! Time for a meeting. Better pocket m' pens. OWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!)

What they are really working towards... (0, Offtopic)

El (94934) | more than 10 years ago | (#8361997)

the pocket-protector Beowulf cluster!
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