Showcased at HIMSS 2011, Anoto Group’s digital pen and paper technology allows the reliable transmission of handwritten text into a digital format.

“Digital pen and paper technology is enabling health care organizations across the globe to immediately digitize data, resulting in new possibilities for managing health care information,” said Pietro Parravicini, president and CEO of Anoto Inc. “The system works exactly like traditional pen and paper, so there is minimal user training required, and the results are immediate for both the patients and for business operations.”

The digital pen contains an integrated digital camera, an advanced image microprocessor, and a mobile communications device for wireless connection. When used with digital paper, the pen reads and records pen strokes in relation to a pattern of dots on the digital paper. The pen’s camera takes digital snapshots of the dot pattern on the paper at a rate of between 50 and 100 images per second. The pen’s microprocessor extracts data from these snapshots and can pinpoint the pen’s location on the paper.

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