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Lyndsay Williams of Microsoft Research's Cambridge UK lab is the inventor of the Smartquill,a
pen that can remember the words that it is used to write, and then transform them into computer
text . The idea that "it would be neat to put all of a handheld-PDA type computer in a pen," came
to the inventor in her sleep . "It's the pen for the new millennium," she says. Encouraged by
Nigel Ballard, a leading consultant to the mobile computer industry, Williams took her prototype
to the British Telecommunications Research Lab, where she was promptly hired and given
money and institutional support for her project. The prototype, called SmartQuil, has been
developed by world-leading research laboratories run by BT (formerly British Telecom) at
Martlesham, eastern England. It is claimed to be the biggest revolution in handwriting since the
invention of the pen.

The sleek and stylish prototype pen is different from other electronic pens on the market today in
that users don't have to write on a special pad in order to record what they write. User could use
any surface for writing such as paper, tablet, screen or even air. The SmartQuill isn't all space-
age, though -- it contains an ink cartridge so that users can see what they write down on paper.
SmartQuill contains sensors that record movement by using the earth's gravity system,
irrespective of the platform used. The pen records the information inserted by the user. Your
words of wisdom can also be uploaded to your PC through the "digital inkwell", while the files
that you might want to view on the pen are downloaded to SmartQuill as well.

It is an interesting idea, and it even comes with one attribute that makes entire history of pens
pale by comparison-if someone else picks your SmartQuill and tries to write with it- it won't.
Because user can train the pen to recognize a particular handwriting. Hence SmartQuill
recognizes only the owner's handwriting. SmartQuill is a computer housed within a pen which
allows you to do what a normal personal organizer does .It's really mobile because of it's smaller
size and one handed use. People could use the pen in the office to replace a keyboard, but the
main attraction will be for users who usually take notes by hand on the road and type them up
when returning to the office. SmartQuill will let them skip the step of typing up their notes.

SmartQuill is slightly larger than an ordinary fountain pen. Users can enter
information into these applications by pushing a button on the pen and writing down
what they would like to enter .The SmartQuill does not need a screen to work. The
really clever bit of the technology is its ability to read handwriting not only on paper
but on any flat surface - horizontal or vertical. There is also a small three-line screen
to read the information stored in the pen; users can scroll down the screen by tilting
the pen slightly. The user trains the pen to recognize a particular handwriting style -
no matter how messy it is, as long as it is consistent, the pen can recognize it. The
handwritten notes are stored on hard disk of the pen. The pen is then plugged into an
electronic "inkwell" ,text data is transmitted to a desktop computer, printer, or modem
or to a mobile telephone to send files electronically. Up to 10 pages of notes can be
     stored locally on the pen . A tiny light at the tip allows writing in the dark. When the
     pen is kept idle for some time ,power gets automatically off.


     " Display technology used in SmartQuill

     " Handwriting recognition and signature verification

     " Display scrolls using tilt sensors

     " Communication with other devices

     " Memory and power

     Uses of Smart Quill

     The Smart Quill recognizes and transcribes handwriting to computer text.
     The Smart Quill is one of the most dramatic advances in writing pens since the invention of the pen.
     This pen houses a tiny computer in the handle that works with accelerometer technology. The Smart
     Quill records movement using the earth's gravity and sensors located inside the pen, weather you
     are writing on paper or writing in the air.
     Personal Organization
2. The Smart Quill can be used extensively for personal organization, much like a personal digital
   assistant (PDA). According to the Seminar Topics website, "future models could receive emails and
   pager messages via a wireless messaging system. This enables two-way wireless communication
   with other computing devices." This pen can be used to hold a database, up to 10 pages of notes,
   personal diaries, calculators and a pager.
3. Smart Quill pens are trained to recognize only the owner's handwriting, making it a valuable security
   tool. If the pen is used by someone other than the owner, it simply will not write. The owner of the
   Smart Quill pen "trains" the pen to their style of handwriting. The inventor of the Smart Quill, Lyndsay
   Williams, states, "Consistency of handwriting, rather than neatness, is the only condition for
4. For people who take notes while traveling, the Smart Quill can save a lot of time transcribing and
   typing notes to a computer. The Smart Quill can be connected to a PC via a docking station and "ink
   well" and will automatically upload and transcribe the notes taken by the pen and convert the
   handwritten text to computer text.
5. The Smart Quill is very small and can be carried anywhere, unlike a more cumbersome laptop
   computer. This is important for people that do a lot of business outside an office environment . The
   Smart Quill also eliminates the need for typing on a keyboard.
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   How Does the Smart Pen Work?
   The Pen's Construction
1. The Smart Pen is built with either a 1GB or 2GB flash memory capability. It also comes with stereo
   microphones placed on each side of the built-in Organic LED screen. The top of the pen holds the
   jack where the included headphones can be connected. The headphones are also stereo
   microphones while being worn with the added benefit of recording a 3D sound scheme---giving the
   wearer the ability to record everything around them. The tip of the pen contains the pen cartridge slot
   that holds ink pen tips or stylus tips. The pen is used with notebooks and journals that contain a
   special paper known as "dot paper." The company offers various packages of these materials for
   your use.
   The Pen and Paper Connection
2. The association between the pen and the paper also deals with the pen's ability to record audio with
   or without the headset while timing that recording with what you have written on the paper. This
   process is called 'Paper Replay' and is initiated by using the recording controls on the bottom of
   each page (in the spiral notebooks) or the controls across two pages (in the lined and unlined
   journals). When you have tapped the record button on the bottom of the page, the audio recorder
   begins recording. As you take notes, the pen lines up what you wrote with what was recorded at that
   same moment and does this until you stop the recording. After you have done this, and Paper
   Replay is turned on on the pen, you can then tap anywhere in your notes and the audio recording
   will start playing from that point. This is possible because each notebook is marked and identified by
   the infrared camera attached to the tip of the pen. Then, the pen reads the microscopic patterns on
   the dot paper which tell the pen what page you are on in that particular notebook or journal. While it
   does this the pen records your pen movements against the infrared patterns on the page and keeps
   track with audio while also recording in its memory your movements on the page. The pen will record
   drawings as well as written text.

   Using the Pen With Your Computer

3. Once you have completed your notetaking or other writing, you then connect the pen to
   your computer using the included pen dock. The pen dock connects your pen to the computer and is
   used to remove and insert ink pen or stylus cartridges into the pen. It is also how the pen's battery is
   charged. You will, after following the included instructions, already have the interface software,
   "Lightscribe Desktop," installed on your computer. The pen connects and the software opens on its
   own by default. You can then browse the contents you have on your pen---the pages you've used in
   each stored notebook, the audio recording and how long it is. Lightscribe also offers storage space
   on their servers (250MB at this writing) and you can clear your pen by uploading the audio and
   pages off of it. The audio is in MP3 format, so it is very clear on playback.

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