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Digital Transmission of Handwritten Notes Comes of Age
Posted: 19-Apr-2002 [Source: WAPsight]

[Anoto functionality makes it possible to digitally transmit handwritten notes as either e-mail, SMS, fax or digital copy directly to a PC.]

On Monday Sony Ericcson, 3M and Esselte will begin offering products enabling Anoto functionality over Vodafone's GPRS service. The service will be available in Sweden and makes it possible for users to digitally transmit handwritten notes as e-mail, SMS, fax or digital copy directly to a PC.

"Those partners taking part in today's product launch have been involved since the early stages and we are now passing an important milestone together. Further development of the concept will be undertaken jointly with Vodafone and other partners, and customised solutions and new private user services will be introduced gradually" says, Christer Fahraeus, President Anoto AB.

The entire package enabling the transmission of handwritten digital notes requires Vodafone's Notera E-mail, SMS, FAX or Anteckningar service along with Sony Ericsson's first-of-its-kind Chatpen, digital paper with Anoto functionality supplied by EM and Esselte, a mobile phone with Bluetooth(tm) communication from Sony Ericsson and a Vodafone subscription.

Anoto functionality takes anything generated by hand via a digital pen onto ordinary paper and reads the pattern and copies the pen's movement digitally. This information can then be sent via a Buetooth-enabled device to any PC, mobile handset, PDA, fax or data bank.

Services and products will be obtainable in all Vodafone Stores and will be sold separately and as a package.

Anoto was founded in Lund, Sweden in 1999 and is currently creating a global de facto standard for digital paper.

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