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ELECTRONIC PENCIL FOR A PEN BASED COMPUTER

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000006010D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Nov-26
Document File: 1 page(s) / 73K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Mike DeLuca: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The advent of pen based personal computers (see "The Pen: Computing's Next Big Leap", pages 128-129, Business Week May 14, 1990) may result in major changes in the way personal computers are perceived and used. This kind of personal computer has the potential for substantially increasing the personal computer's penetration into the day to day activities of almost everyone in our society. Furthermore, at this stage of development, pen based personal com- puter technology provides substantial opportunity for inventive improvements.

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MO7VROLA Technical Developments Volume 11 October 1990

ELECTRONIC PENCIL FOR A PEN BASED COMPUTER

by Mike DeLuca and Joan DeLuca

   The advent of pen based personal computers (see "The Pen: Computing's Next Big Leap", pages 128-129, Business Week May 14, 1990) may result in major changes in the way personal computers are perceived and used. This kind of personal computer has the potential for substantially increasing the personal computer's penetration into the day to day activities of almost everyone in our society. Furthermore, at this stage of development, pen based personal com- puter technology provides substantial opportunity for inventive improvements.

   Although the computer keyboard and mouse are becoming a more popular way of recording information and con- trolling the computer operation with the computer literate portion of our society, the bulk of the people understand how to record information on paper with the use of the old fashioned writing pencil which has one end for writing and another end for erasing. The computer illiterate person's familiarity with the operation of a pencil and unfamiliarity with the opera- tion of the personal computer poses a substantial barrier to the use of a personal computer by that person. Thus if an electronic pen also operated as an electronic pencil, the computer illiterate person would have a much easier time becoming familiar with the writing process, because one end would be for writing to the computer and the other end would be for erasing (deleting) from the computer.

   Thus when writing data to the computer, the user would put the computer in the writing mode and write to the screen with the "lead"...