October 01, 2000
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October 2000
Short Cuts:LOGGED ON

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A new tool can turn your monitor into a touch-screen. FastPoint Technologies ( based in Stanton, Calif., sells Light Pens that take over the duties of a mouse. The pens can be plugged in three ways: with an internal interface that adds a plug to the back of the computer; with a one-port external Light Pen box, and through a four-port USB hub for plugging in a Light Pen and a mouse. The pen comes with barrel and cord options, and its optics come in standard, extra-sensitive (to sense light on darker screens) or telescopic (for use up to 12 inches from the screen). The price per pen: from $199 to $334; interfaces range from $199 to $299.


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