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Revolutionizing handwriting with a digital pen
Author(s): Marek Alboszta; G. Gary Zhang; Stewart Carl; Hector Gonzalez; Mike Mandella
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Paper Abstract

We demonstrate a standalone digital pen that writes on regular paper by tracking the writing nib’s absolute position in paper coordinates. The pen writes like a regular pen, but simultaneously captures handwritten information digitally with the aid of a Navigation Engine mounted atop the pen. The Navigation Engine has a wide-field-of-view vision system with a single-viewpoint catadioptric lens for observing the environment as the pen writes. A processor belonging to the Navigation Engine applies computationally efficient navigation algorithms to a stream of images of the pen’s environment to capture the pen’s full movement. The resultant data stream including x-y position of the nib and the pen’s Euler angles facilitate application of this technology to a wide range of tasks. In contrast to all other known digital pen technologies, this pen not only functions like a regular pen, but also provides an electronic copy of the digital writing without using any special paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 January 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5675, Vision Geometry XIII, (17 January 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.588414
Show Author Affiliations
Marek Alboszta, Electronic Scripting Products Inc. (United States)
G. Gary Zhang, Electronic Scripting Products Inc. (United States)
Stewart Carl, Electronic Scripting Products Inc. (United States)
Hector Gonzalez, Electronic Scripting Products Inc. (United States)
Mike Mandella, Electronic Scripting Products Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5675:
Vision Geometry XIII
Longin Jan Latecki; David M. Mount; Angela Y. Wu, Editor(s)

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