The Fly Fusion grows up

by James


You probably saw the marketing for it. How you can take a piece of paper, draw numbers and a “+,-,x and /” and suddenly you have a calculator. But that was just the beginning. It looks like Leapfrog is taking the Pentop Computer to a whole new level with the updated Fly Fusion Pentop Computer. While its main focus is still for middle school age students who need a solid digital study aid, the Fly Fusion seems to have matured with a design that incorporates more advanced features – thereby making it of interest to older students and even adults as well.

For note taking, the Fly Fusion automatically digitizes everything you write (sadly, only in print, not cursive). Then, note takers can synch the pen with their PCs and use the included OCR software to create a perfect digital copy (well, almost, it’s OCR afterall). No real scanning, mind you, the Pen just remembers what you’ve written thanks to the same paper technology makes the creation of a paper calculator possible. Tiny dots printed onto the paper allow the pen to track it’s movement and thereby create a near perfect digitization of what’s being written. Genius! The Pen also acts as an MP3 player, organizer, calendar, and gaming device (I like it that you can create and play with your own Marauder’s Map from Harry Potter with the optional game). The Fly Fusion is expandable as well. Not only an additional 64MB of memory, but also a host of library applications that help in learning a new language, complex Algebraic equations, you can even compose music (additional purchase required) and sketch with it.

And for $79 at Amazon, it’s much more affordable than most high quality ink pens that only write on regular paper.
Source: Oh Gizmo

8 reviews or comments

oany Says: November 11, 2007 at 12:47 pm

how can i buy it?

Al Says: November 11, 2007 at 1:46 pm

They are available at Amazon, I’ve updated the post with the link.

Ana Says: November 19, 2007 at 9:50 am

…so, do you recommend this product? or it is just a fraud!! Thanks.

lilpunk1302 Says: November 25, 2007 at 8:27 pm

I have one of these, have had it for a week, and I would recommend for one to just try it, find a store that sells them and has a good return policy(The Canadian Toys r us where I got mine gives 45 days) buy then pen, try it out for a couple weeks, if you don’t like it, return it. Personally, after playin around a little with it I’m getting tired of the Drawable piano, I haven’t been in class long enough to find a TRUE use for the digitization, the stuff we’re going over in math requires algebra which is an extra $20 on top.

So my advice, buy it, try it, if you don’t like it, return it.

Donald W Says: February 13, 2008 at 12:03 am

Bought one in Amazon. Got it today.

Immediately in my wish list:
– a B5 sized Notebook.
– a save-to-PDF function to save both my writing in OCR and my hand-drawn-sketches.

If anyone know how to get any of this. let me know. Please….


ale Says: February 20, 2008 at 5:12 pm

Man how does it work I mean I think all this geeky stuff is
cool. And what all does it do when you buy it?

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