As Microsoft's Windows 8 is more suitable for touch and swipe commands, users without touch screen consider it a difficult platform. Now, E Fun has unveiled a digital pen named Apen Touch8 to overcome this difficulty.
This device will enable people to use Windows 8 on their old monitors itself. The users can buy this pen at a price much less than that of a touch-enabled computer.
Apen Touch8 is a cordless pen which works together with an attachment. Users can plug in this attachment to the USB port of a Windows computer. The attachment is actually a combined infrared/ultrasonic receiver.
It can clip to the side part of the screen magnetically at a distance of 17 inches (diagonally). An infrared beam will be emitted from the tip of the pen on activation. The receiver attachment will then send that signal from pen to the computer which can in turn determine the precise location of the pen.
This pen can thus deliver touch screen sensing with Windows 8. A watch battery is used in this pen having a lifetime of 500 hours. It is possible to replace the battery of the device.
Windows 8 is the result of Microsoft Corporation's effort to impart tablet experience in both desktop and laptop computers. Even though it matches a lot with this intention, many of its unique features will work properly on a touch screen monitor.
The entire Windows 8 experience is not very efficient in older machines. Apen Touch8 is truly a great relief to this dilemma as it can extend the touch based functions to older computers also.
This pen will be available in North America by late March this year. The estimated cost of this device is $80 (Rs. 4,400 approx).