Thursday, February 16, 2012

Kindle Touch gets a Sodoku puzzle book debuting Touch/Write technology


That's write! right! This is the first puzzle, available exclusively on Kindle Touch, that allows entry of numbers on an e-Ink device by writing with your finger.

As you can see in the second image above:
' You can write small or large numbers, whichever you find easier.
  If you write small numbers (about the size of a puzzle cell), the number will go into the cell that you write in.  If you write large numbers, the number will go into the cell that you start writing in. '

As GeekWire's Todd Bishop put it, it's the debut of handwriting recognition in Puzzazz's newest puzzle book, Sudoku Unbound Volume 3, which is selling for $2.99, the same price as the other Puzzazz puzzles in the "Sodoku Unbound" series.

Unlike some handwriting-recognition in the past, such as that used in the Palm Pilot in 1996 when most gave up trying to get the Palm grafitti to work, Puzzazz's technology is smarter and more flexible.

  The user doesn't have to learn a special way of writing, as it recognizes many styles of writing numbers and letters, due to Puzzazz' using a large base of handwriting samples while developing the capability.

Will Amazon want to make it a basic feature of the Kindle Touch?  No one is saying.

Bishop was able to try TouchWrite and says "it worked reliably... the technology recognizes the number written invisibly on the screen, then places the digital version in the corresponding cell on the page of the puzzle book."

  Bishop also points out that the Kindle Touch is Amazon's top selling e-Ink reader at $99 for the ad-supported version (which doesn't have the 3G-cell phone network access feature).

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  1. This probably isn't the best place to post this but I couldn't find your contact info. It would be great if you could make a quick post about our sale - all pertinent info below:

    Puzzazz is running a sale on our top-rated Kindle puzzle ebooks! Titles that are regularly $2.99 are on sale for $0.99. These titles include:
    Sudoku Unbound #1
    Sudoku Unbound #2
    Sudoku Unbound #3 (which features our exclusive handwriting recognition on the Kindle Touch)
    Wordoku Unbound #1
    Symdoku Unbound #1
    Word Search at the Movies
    Word Search '60s.

    We at Puzzazz are die-hard "Puzzle People", and we aim for the highest quality in our puzzles and in the ease of use of our ebooks. You'll find that our Sudoku puzzles to have been carefully crafted for the eye appealing, symmetrical look of the given cells. Our puzzles are not simply computer generated but instead have the human touch of puzzlemasters.

    A few notes about the Sudoku ebooks:
    • Each ebook has 100 puzzles total in three difficulty levels - Easy, Medium, and Hard
    • You control the difficulty meaning that you switch back and forth between hard puzzles and easy puzzles, etc.
    • Wordoku is a fun twist on Sudoku using the letters of a word or phrase instead of numbers. Each row, column and 3x3 cell square on the game board contains all of the letters in the word or phrase.
    • Symdoku takes the original Sudoku to a whole new level using shapes, instead of numbers. Fortunately, you don't have to draw the symbols, just match them up with the corresponding keys, and you're on your way.

    The sale is set for a limited time only so get in on the puzzling action while you can!
    For more information, visit



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