Anoto, a subsidiary of C Technologies, licenses its technology to developers that want to include handwritten text and graphics capabilities into PCs, mobile phones, pagers and PDAs.
A normal-looking, if slightly chunky pen writes with real ink on paper or other material printed with a pattern of dots. A camera inside the pen takes digital pictures of the pattern in front of it, every 50th of a second, and stores this information until it is downloaded via Bluetooth to a computer. This data is then interpreted to re-create the pen's movements.
The next version of the application-development kit for Anoto's technology is being developed using Microsoft's Visual Studio .net development tool. This will make it easier for developers to build it into larger applications, the companies said. A version will be developed for Windows XP, allowing users to manipulate the text image in applications like Microsoft Office.
The two companies will jointly promote the Anoto technology.