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Michael Angeles: Hipster PDA gear

The evolving configuration of my LowFi PDA | urlgreyhot

Michael’s Hipster PDA

Michael Angeles on his super-slim lofi setup and a very cool-sounding pen:

I now carry around the Fischer Space Pen I got for Christmas a few years ago, a Nick(it) wallet I got for free in the goody bag from MAD Museum's Mad About Dance event, and a small stack of index cards.

Problem is that I often take the pen out and throw it in a bag or something so I find myself on a subway train with an idea, but nothing to write with. Tina pointed to the Inka Pen, which looks perfect.

If I attach it to my keys, I'll never be without it. Sweetness.

Ooooo...Daddy like. Anybody else tried this Inka Pen? Looks like a very clever design. (See also: Gizmodo: The Inka Pen Lets You Write Underwater)

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The thing I like best...

The thing I like best about my Space Pen is that it's tiny in my pocket, but it doesn't feel like I'm writing with one of those short golf pencils. Fisher achieved this by using an extra-long pen cap that goes 3/4 the length of the mini-pen when it covers the tip, but only 1/4 when placed on the butt-end of the mini-pen.

From what I can gather from their website (visual inspection and the vague copy "...a few twists...") the Inka's journey to full-size pen is somewhat more involved: a) Pull the mini-pen from the cap. b) Remove the silver part of the cap from the plastic bit that attaches to the keyring. c) Unscrew the butt of the mini-pen. d) Reassemble the mini-pen and the butt with the silver part in the middle.

I like the idea of having my pen attached to my keyring -- one less thing in the "take everywhere" category -- but if I have to choose between golf-pencil annoying and multi-step-assembly annoying every time I use it, I'll stick with Fisher.

Does anyone own an Inka? Can you confirm?




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