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MULTIPLE PURPOSE ELECTRONIC PEN

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000006011D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Nov-26
Document File: 1 page(s) / 72K

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 129129, 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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@ MO7OROLA

Technical Developments Volume 11 October 1990

MULTIPLE PURPOSE ELECTRONIC PEN

by Mike DeLuca and Joan DeLuca

   The advent of pen based Personal computers (see "The Pen: Computing's Next Big Leap", pages 129129, 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 is becoming a more popular way of recording information with the computer literate portion of our society, the bulk of the people still prefer to record information on paper with the use of the old fashioned writing pen. The wmputer illiterate person's familiarity with the ink pen and unfamiliarity with a personal computer poses a substantial barrier to the use of a personal computer by that person. Thus if an electronic pen for a personal computer also functioned as an ink pen, the computer illiterate person would have a much easier time traversing the personal computer barrier. This is true because that person would be using a device with which he was familiar.

   Furthermore, a wireless electronic pen for a personal computer, also being capable of writing on paper with ink would prove very useful for the person whose work was split between entering data into the personal computer and recording data with...