For centuries mankind has been learning to write. All this time, we have depended on someone looking over our shoulder as we write, or correcting spelling, grammar and form afterwards.
In the future we can get our feedback another way – and more importantly: instantly! With Lernstift. It combines a time-tested writing utensil with state of the art technology and thereby gives writing by hand new relevance and appeal in the age of the iPad.
The integrated electronics recognize mistakes as they are being made and give the writer feedback by vibrating. In other words:Lernstift is a great way to learn how to write faster. And what’s more: Lernstift is great fun, too!
Teacher-centered teaching, as it used to be, doesn’t meet the requirements of modern education. This is why more and more schools practise autonomous learning these days.
Lernstift supports this modern way to learn. Not by telling you the answer. But by telling you: "Hold on! Something’s not quite right. Think again." Lernstift is like a devoted friend looking over your shoulder and tapping it when you’ve made a mistake.
The first patents for Lernstift are pending. A first line of 3D prints show that the ergonomics are already pretty good. We've had our first photo shoot and are currently preparing to shoot a video for crowdfunding which is to begin in March.
The hardware platform has been defined and we have begun to work on the software as well. Meanwhile, we are working on the final product design with an external partner.
We aim to produce and sell Lernstift independently, meaning without the help of a large pen manufacturer. For that we need your help!
This means everyone, including you, can participate in the idea by making a small investment.
In summer 2013 the first few hundred Lernstifts will be available. By winter 2013 we want to go big, meaning mass market.
It's a long journey! And in the beginning the pen will certainly not be perfect. Fine-tuning the vibration timing will take a lot of time and effort. This is why we will hand out the first pens to friends and investors in August 2013. After that we will fulfil the pre-orders: 100 pieces at first, then 500 more and so on ... We aim to optimize the pen by the end of 2013 with the help of as much user feedback as we can get …
We’re sitting at the table with our son who has to write a text. The first couple of words already contain a few errors. This is the moment my wife Mandy said: "There should be a pen that tells you right away when you’ve made a mistake."
As a child care worker, Mandy knows how well kids learn through sensory experiences. Falk is the tech guy and entrepreneur. Between the two the vision of Lernstift grows instantly – and Falk knows: all technical components for the product already exist. Someone just has to put them together ...
This is how Lernstift was born.
Falk Wolsky has been an entrepreneur since 1999. As a software developer, media designer, author of professional articles and passionate inventor, he has founded 4 startups and significantly contributed to several others.
Mandy Wolsky has been a professional childcare worker since 1998 as well as running courses in baby massage and prenatal massage. She makes sure the development of Lernstift remains focused on the children's needs.
Daniel Kaesmacher is a freelance conceptual copywriter with 10 years of international brand experience. When he met Falk at the end of 2012, he was so excited about Lernstift that he not only became an investor but soon joined the founding team.