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Automatic Color Detection for an Electronic Whiteboard

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000012970D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-11

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Many engineering designs today are done today with a group of people. Usually, the design is written on a whiteboard and the group comes to a consensus on what would work best. This design technique has been proven to be one of the most effective in today's engineering world. The problem with this method is that once the design is complete, someone needs to copy the design onto paper (or a computer) in order to preserve the contents and allow the next idea to be put onto the whiteboard. What is needed is an efficient way to transfer the contents of the whiteboard to paper (or to digital format). This means including the different colors used in the whiteboard inspired design. This new invention uses touchpad technology, RF technology and traditional whiteboards in a unique way that produces a whiteboard that is wirelessly connected to a PC. The whiteboard functions the exact same way that a normal whiteboard would function there is a hard, white surface that can be drawn upon with dry erase markers. The difference is that the whiteboard surface is also touch sensitive. When the surface is drawn upon, it has the same effect as moving a mouse while holding the button down in a paint program. The following diagram illustrates the design of the USB Whiteboard. 1