THE TECHNOLOGY
The digital pen
A digital pen looks, feels and writes like a normal ballpoint pen. However, it contains an integrated digital camera, an advanced image microprocessor and a mobile communications device for wireless connection.

Using a digital pen on a surface covered with the Anoto dot pattern, you can capture, store and then securely send the handwriting, enabling you to easily convert ink to digital data – right away.

The dot pattern
Almost invisible to the naked eye, the Anoto dot pattern consists of numerous small black dots that can be read by a digital pen. Every small area of the pattern has a unique combination of dots with different positions. The pattern indicates the exact position of the digital pen as it moves across the surface.

Virtually any surface can be converted into a "digital surface" by covering it with the Anoto dot pattern. Anoto provides software modules for adding the dot pattern to a product.

What happens when you write?
As you write, the camera built into the pen automatically takes digital snapshots of the Anoto dot pattern on the surface. Every snapshot contains enough data to enable the pen’s image microprocessor to determine the exact position of the digital pen and thereby what it writes or draws.

Additionally, pressure, pen angle and absolute time for each position is available. This unique information can be combined with Anoto's partners within handwriting recognition, to make an editable text result.

The data can be sent in real time via Bluetooth to different devices such as computers and mobile phones, or it can be retained in the pen's memory and synchronized via USB once you are next to a computer.

Sent data can either be handled by an application locally or routed to an application server for further processing. The application receiving the data extracts all information using an Application Programming Interface (API). Data may be exported in any preferred format to suit the recipient system

For more information, click on the detailed pages in the left-hand menu.

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