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Write on smart paper

A way to write on paper with electronic ink
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Most of us have seen the note pad that has a special pen that can be sensed by the motion sensors under the pad, thus enabling an electronic copy of your writing on the pad to be saved. I don't know the proper name for the pad, but whenever we get this smart paper with addressable electronic ink, I hope we will be able to plug sheets of the paper into such a pad, so we can manually write or draw on, erase from, highlight, or otherwise edit the content of the smart paper. So far, I've only heard of such paper as a display device, but I'd like to be able to use it for input as well.

I imagine the pen would have to be converted to a stylus since you wouldn't want to get analog ink on the paper.

beauxeault, Aug 23 2000

Anoto http://www.anoto.com/
Baked. [egnor, Aug 23 2000, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Link Ink http://www.siibusin...ucts/link-ir-p.html
Hand Wrting System [gd420mj, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

(?) Pixels switched by plastic active matrix made by Cambridge firm http://www.pcw.co.uk/News/1143634
The 63 x 48pixel device used a glass substrate, but Plastic Logic spokesman Cranch Lamble said the company hopes to progress to flexible material. Gyricon was spun off from Xerox's famous Parc lab to develop smart paper formed by polymer beads in oil sandwiched between plastic sheets. Early applications have been in large signs.But the bistable displays, which do not require power to retain an image, could be used eventually for electronic books and PDAs. [LoriZ, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]


       It takes me better than eight hours to produce a drawing in paintshop that I can do by hand in about a half an hour. Luckily, they make scanners, although electronic ink would be ideal for use in the field.   

       Simple magnetic ink might work, with a clipboard style interface - probobly baked, though not particularly widely distributed.
Scott_D, Aug 28 2000

       I think you should all stick with an Etch-A-Sketch...
kimby2, Aug 28 2000

       <i>the diamond age</i> is one of several sources to suggest technologies (in this instance using nanotechnology although there are other, less future-intensive methods) whereby you can read, write, edit, transmit, receive and calculate data on sheets of smart paper. if you wish, any newspaper becomes <i>your</i> newspaper when you pick it up. scribble some figures idly on your napkin -- then have it add them up for you (useful for settling the bill). note down that hot (chick/guy)'s number on the back of a cigarette packet -- and upload it to your phonebook...
Cheradenine, Aug 28 2000

       This seems like a combination of three existing technologies. Where's the invention?
jutta, Aug 17 2002

       shirley combinations of existing technologies can count as a new invention? At least if they're inventive combinations...
yamahito, Aug 17 2002

       This is the best invention and closest to the original request. Seiko Instruments USA has come up with a device to INSTANTLY capture what you wite, In INK and on Regular PAPER to a PC or PDA. No Pen with storage, and works with regular paper. Best of all, its cheap. Less than 80 bucks. Check It OUT!! Hope this helps all those you were looking for this four years ago!!! http://www.siibusinessproducts.com/products/link-ir-p.html
gd420mj, Feb 13 2004

       [LoriZ] Are you aware that your link is to a role-playing game, not a real product?
ConsultingDetective, Feb 14 2004


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