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I knew it was only a matter of time until some developer figured out a way to turn the big trackpad on the MacBooks into a little tablet. The folks at Ten One Design have stepped up to the plate with Inklet, a program that does […]

I knew it was only a matter of time until some developer figured out a way to turn the big trackpad on the MacBooks into a little tablet. The folks at Ten One Design have stepped up to the plate with Inklet, a program that does quite a bit. Inklet accepts input from the fingertip, but adds even more functionality when used with the company’s Pogo Sketch ($14.95) stylus. The Pogo Sketch is designed to add stylus control over touchscreens, and that includes the MacBook trackpad.

While Inklet ($24.95) is designed to allow drawing into programs that accept such input, it also leverages the handwriting recognition built into OS X to convert handwritten input into text. The program has palm rejection to prevent inadvertent input when the palm is resting on the trackpad. To appreciate what Inklet can do, have a look at this video:

  1. Did you guys mean to give some love to OP? This was posted over at GottaBeMobile yesterday:

    http://www.gottabemobile.com/2010/01/12/inklet-brings-some-touch-and-handwriting-reco-to-macbook-trackpads

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  2. We always give credit where it’s due. This information came directly from a press release of the company behind Inklet, just like everyone else’s. That’s the way this game works.

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  3. Forget who posted the news first (I saw it on Engadget before GBM), what about the implication for all the capacitive slates from CES this year? This could let us have decent INK on those things.

    Of course, it would require some work on MS’s part…

    BTW, I think this thing does pressure sensitivity similar to how the Wacom touch Bamboo tablet does it: it looks at the changes in the size of the contact area. Not nearly good enough for art, but might be passable for writing.

    Certainly way better than any resistive digitizer, I’m sure.

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  4. Only thing to keep in mind…. OS X’s handwriting features are just subpar when compared to Windows (especially with 7).

    A good example is the video posted a while ago by what turns out to be the above poster:

    Now, maybe in Snow Leopard they improved it (which I doubt), but from Vista to 7 there was a huge improvement as well.

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  5. Well I’m glad you got it to work. The demo blows big time. I only get 30 seconds to try out the inking and I can’t even get it to decently start in that time before the pay-me-now screen starts up for the next 20 seconds. Unless I can get a longer demo (say 5 minutes) to get comfortable and really test it, I pass…..

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  6. Me too, Connie. I’m sticking with my Wacom tablet for now. They can give me a better demo to try out, and I can play with it, but otherwise I pass also.

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  7. Will this work with the iPad? Give me a stylus and I’m sold!

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