Now, smart pen that vibrates when you make spelling error

German inventors have developed a new hi-tech pen that gently vibrates every time it senses a spelling mistake or sloppy handwriting.

Lernstift is a regular pen with real ink, but inside is a special motion sensor and a small battery-powered Linux computer with a WiFi chip.

Together those parts allow the pen to recognise specific movements, letter shapes and know a wide assortment of words. If it senses bad letter formation or messy handwriting, it will vibrate, ‘ABC News’ reported.

Users can choose between two functions: Calligraphy Mode – pointing out flaws of form and legibility or Orthography Mode – recognising words and comparing the word to a language database. If the word isn’t recognised it will vibrate, according to Daniel Kaesmacher, the 33-year-old co-founder of Lernstift from Munich.

The other co-founder Falk Wolsky, 36, had the idea for the pen last year while his 10-year-old son was doing his homework.

“His son had been struggling with his work and staying focused and Falk thought there should be a pen that gives him some sort of signal so he stays focused,” Kaesmacher said.

After a year and a half in development, the founders have now brought Lernstift to Kickstarter to begin raising money and gauging interest.

Sourcehttp://www.indianexpress.com/news/now-smart-pen-that-vibrates-when-you-make-spelling-error/1141693/

Yahoo shuts pioneering search engine AltaVista 18 years on

Yahoo had acquired the AltaVista technology, index and name when it bought ad firm Overture in 2003.

Internet Corporation Yahoo has finally drawn the curtains on pioneering search site AltaVista this morning.

AltaVista was hugely popular when it was launched in 1995 because it had indexed 20 million webpages and developed its own ‘crawler’ technology that did the job of finding webpages and logging what was on them.

Yahoo had acquired the AltaVista technology, index and name when it bought ad firm Overture in 2003, ABC News reports.

According to the report, Yahoo had announced the shutdown on June 28 adding that if users visit AltaVista website, they will be directed to Yahoo search site.

Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/scitech/1858998/report-yahoo-shuts-pioneering-search-engine-altavista-18-years-on