This nifty assortment seems almost too good to be true: pen on one end, stylus tip on the other, colorful aluminum barrel down the middle.
At the IFA show in Germany, Wacom rolled up some product updates and launched a hybrid ballpoint/ electronic-folio system for notetaking on real paper.
We've seen a few hybrid tablet stylus/ballpoint pens kicking around, but the Polar Pen, with its barrel made out of rare-earth magnets, absolutely takes the biscuit.
The Livescribe Echo is a ballpoint pen and voice recorder combination that preserves digital copies of your notes and recordings, perfect for students and professionals.
It's not high tech, but its weird looks alone make it a gadget as far as we're concerned.
The "MOQ MP3" is a music-playing ballpoint pen.
About the size of a standard ballpoint, the mouse-maker's "Io" captures and stores handwritten notes, which can then be downloaded to a PC.