Phree smartpen is designed to work on any surface, including your face

Phree smartpen is designed to work on any surface, including your face


Phree smartpen is designed to work on any surface, including your face

Israel has finally brought the pen into the 21st century. It can do it all — make the whole world your paper, text, and even take phone calls! One day we will all have one of these in our pockets.

If you have a need to jot everything down or sketch at will, Phree may be the stylus for you.

Currently crushing its $100,000 goal on crowd-funding site Kickstarter, this smartpen is touted as capable of inputting on virtually any surface and then storing your notes or drawings in your smartphone or tablet.

Conventional styluses like the Wacom Bamboo Stylus Fineline aren’t made for intense, long-term note-taking and need their own tablet as an input surface. Even the cool Adobe Ink & Slide still requires the use of an Apple iPad to function.

The Phree smartpen works by using a 3D laser patented by Israel-based OTM Technologies, the company behind Phree. The stylus can determine its relative position to a surface by tracking interruptions in the laser, and thus can transfer your physical drawings to a paired device.

Phree connects to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth and is designed to also work with laptops and some smart TVs. The makers claim that Phree will work with cross-platform programs such as Microsoft’s OneNote, EverNote and Adobe Systems’ Acrobat.

 Besides working as a stylus, the smartpen packs physical buttons and an OLED touch display. Phree also comes with a built-in handset for taking calls and a tiny screen for reading text messages. Feel the need to reply? Write a message on any surface and hit the send button.

Phree’s Kickstarter campaign indicates that it’s fully funded with about $323,000 pledged — more than three times its goal, with more than a month on funding left. All of the “super early bird” offers between $128 to $148 (£82 to £95, AU$161 to AU$186) are gone, but higher pledge levels remain. One caveat, though: not all crowd-funded projects make it to production.

The company did not return a request for comment.


The device is designed to work on any surface, including skin.