[ExI] Elusive word...

Emlyn emlynoregan at gmail.com
Fri Dec 12 04:29:25 UTC 2008

A colleague of mine had an excellent idea the other day, that it'd be
cool to have a handheld gadget (think a pen or mouse form factor) that
is like a printing "brush", which you would wipe over a paper surface
and it'd print on it; it'd track movement precisely, modelling its own
movement in 2d, so you could be really sloppy with it and the print
out would be great.

Long story short, it already exists of course and here it is:

Now this has happened to all of us before; for some of us it's a daily
occurrence. When you think of an idea, not only does it not turn out
to be novel, but there are at least 10 instances of other people with
the idea, and usually one or more fully realised commercial
implementations (where that is appropriate).

It occurred to me that there ought to be a word for it. And of course
that there will already be a word for it (probably multiple). Anyone
know what the word or words is/are?


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