Here is a new video with information on how to modify the lid on the Stabilo Worker (formerly Bionic Worker) with a capacative touch tip.
Reasons for doing this is ofcourse if you want both a nice "normal" pen, but also have a capacative touch pen available for your iPad, Android, Windows 8 or other tablet. I love my Stabilo Bionic Workers and used them all the time before I got myself an iPad. Now I do all my notes on the ipad and the "normal" pen isnt needed so much anymore. It is still nice to have them around for when someone wants to write down a note.
So if you have a Stabilo Worker and dont want to give it up. Upgrade it to the 21'st century with this simple modification.
We also made an sequel to our other video explaining how to make a cheap ebay pen into a great capacitive touch pen. This is for a similar pen, but with a slightly different build.
Last Updated (Monday, 05 November 2012 13:44)
It has happened to me a couple of times that the touchscreen my ipad and or iphone bugs out and dont track my finger as it should. Most often this happens when using non compatible accessories and chargers. When this happens the solution to the problem is to turn your device off and on again. However since the touch screen isnt working how do you turn it off?
The solution is simple and explained below:
1. Make sure all accessories and cables are disconnected from the device,
2. Press and hold both lock-button and home-button at the same time,
3. When the red "turn off" slider is shown, keep holding both buttons pressed,
4. When you see the Apple logo on the screen you can let go of the buttons,
5. Your device should now boot up and work as before.
Goodreader is a great companion with the Ipad, and I will go into detail on this ultimate app for cataloging books, papers and magazines in a later article.
But I want to make a small tourbleshooting guide here for problems that I have run into when setting up Goodreader for different situations.
1. FTP sync with special characters
When syncing with an FTP server and one of the files and or folders have special characters it is important to change to a Character set that works for those characters. Eg. I wanted to put up a ftp sync to a swedish municipality to download meetingnotes. The meetingnames had åäö in their names (swedish special characters), and the Sync failed with the error message: Failed: Requested path unavailable. Also the specialcharacters was replaced with other characters. This was because I used the standard UTF8 encoding. When going into the settings for the FTP-connection and switching to ISOLatin1 it worked as it should. Depending on your language you should choose the appropriate encoding.
2. All files are updated every time I sync with FTP.
This is because the background logic on the FTP copys all the files every time it updates the file table. Therefor Goodreader interprets them as new files (the changed date of the file has been changed).
Last Updated (Tuesday, 02 October 2012 13:26)
I did a short video (6min) explaining how to make a very nice feeling stylus from Ebay that you can buy for just over 1$. It is really nice to hold in your hand as it is a bit longer thann the average styluses you buy on ebay and other places. BUT the pen is really bad when it comes to its capacitive capabilities. Anyways with a simple switch of the tip you can make this really BAD capacitive pen into an awesome one. Check out the video below for how to do the "surgery" :)
(excuse some language bumbs and right out bloopers, "sharp animals" etc)
Last Updated (Thursday, 03 November 2011 10:11)
Vision Objects is a company that specialises in handwriting recognition. The "quite" new technology with digital pen and paper has enabled new ways of recognizing handwritten text. The older OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology which is still used for machine printed text with great success, has never worked very well with handwritten text, because of all the different handwriting techniques and that every character is somewhat different in appearance from time to time. Vision Objects Myscript solution instead uses ICR (Intelligent Character Recognition) which utilises the data from the pen, which actually describes HOW the character was written. Because each character may LOOK the same, but are almost always written in THE SAME WAY. So with this data a much more reliable text conversion can be done. It does require a learning process for the program, which needs to learn your way of writing. But when learned you will find that converting your handwritten documents to the computer will go very smoothly.
Check out their homepage for what solutions are available. Different versions of MyScript is integrated in many programs that are shipped with pen and paper solutions.
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