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Intel invests in new Digital Ink

Digital Ink, Inc., a leading developer of digital handwriting technology, today announced it has received an investment from Intel Capital. The financial terms were not disclosed. Digital Ink has also signed a development agreement with Intel. Under the agreement, Digital Ink and Intel’s Microprocessor Research Laboratories will pursue joint development activities in the area of human interface technology.

“We hope to expedite the development of input devices that address computer interface technology issues,” said Ilya Schiller, president of Digital Ink. “We look to achieve this by combining Digital Ink’s expertise in wireless pen technology with Intel’s research capabilities and computer devices. Our technology recognizes that handwriting is the fundamental way we communicate.This investment and agreement will help enable us to continue building ways to use handwriting to communicate in the digital age, especially in contexts where use of a keyboard may be impractical.”

“Investing in communication technology that will improve how we interact with computers is important for the computing industry and the key underpinning of this business relationship,” said Pat Gelsinger, vice president and chief technology officer, Intel Architecture Group. “This agreement with Digital Ink will help expand our research in technologies that can naturalize the computing experience.”

With an n-scribe pen users can transmit handwritten data to the web, where it can be distributed to others as digital ink, or translated into text.

The n-scribe pen consists of a ballpoint pen and its cover. To use the pen, the cover is removed and clipped to any paper, notebook or other flat surface you are writing on – no special paper is required. As you write, the pen emits infrared light that is received by the two infrared sensors in the pen cover. Together they work like a miniature global positioning system, similar to the guidance system in a cruise missile, constantly adjusting and transcribing the location of the pen in relationship to the two fixed points.

As the pen moves, the information is constantly updated in real time, tracking the tip of the pen’s movements. The n-scribe captures everything – drawings, writings, numbers; whatever is written with the pen is stored in its memory. And because the pen is both a traditional ink pen and an electronic transmitter, you can see what you are writing while the pen cover is capturing the data for electronic storage.

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