The dot pattern
A surface covered with the Anoto dot pattern works in combination with a digital pen in the digitizing of handwritten information. Almost any surface can be digitized with the Anoto dot pattern. The dot pattern makes it possible for the digital pen’s built-in camera to detect pen strokes and record handwriting that can then be stored and sent digitally.

The pattern indicates position
Every small area of the pattern has a unique combination of dots with different positions. When the user writes on the surface, the digital pen captures information about what the user writes and where, by registering the pattern close to the pen tip. The information is saved in the pen. 

Almost invisible to the naked eye, the Anoto pattern consists of numerous intelligent small black dots that can be read by a digital pen. The pattern indicates the exact position of the digital pen as it moves across the surface.

Digital paper becomes on-site reference
Anoto Digital Pen technology allows information to be simultaneously recorded in both written and electronic form. For exemple, once a paper has fulfilled its role in digitizing handwritten text, it becomes a conventional paper copy, but the difference is that it can be left at the job site for reference, if required. Using Anoto Digital Pen technology also eliminates the possibility of losing important written information in the time lag between writing on site and manually inputting the data on a system back in the office.