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October 4, 2017

Google’s Pixelbook Pen starts a search when you circle objects

by John_A

Google isn’t launching the Pixelbook laptop all by its lonesome — it’s also unveiling the previously rumored Pixelbook Pen. The stylus lets you draw and write on the Pixelbook’s touchscreen, of course, and it promises to be quick about it with a very low 10ms latency, 2,000 levels of pressure sensitivity and 60 degrees of angular awareness. However, the real party trick is its tie-in with Google Assistant: you can ask Assistant to search for items just by circling them. If you’ve ever wanted to search from an image or a snippet of text, it’s now relatively trivial.

There’s just one gotcha: the pen isn’t included with the Pixelbook itself. You’ll have to spend $99 to buy it separately when it reaches stores on October 31st. It’s not surprising that you’d have to buy the Pixelbook Pen separately (it’d add significantly to the cost for people who don’t want it), but it does mean that the “full” Pixelbook experience will cost more than you might think.

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