Anoto AB in recent patent applications – A CESI compilation (Updated)

Posted: 6 July, 2015 in Anoto, Published Investment Calls
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October 11, 2016

#Anoto – In patent domain

Patent application, September 21, 2016, Google translate was used below

Applicant: Corning incorporated,

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In some embodiments, the code pattern may be a plurality of points.Passive tags digital pattern plate has a code that can be used to record and written in the passive transmission of digital information board to mark another device such as a computer or mobile device transmitter / receiver device associated with. This transmitter / receiver device includes an example smart pen Livescribe digital pen and Anoto Live.


August 17, 2016

A new interesting HP patent application containing “positional encoding patterns”. Not specifically mentioned, but CESI has Anoto AB in mind…

Applicant: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P. [US/US]

Publication Date: 04.08.2016

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[0011] A position-encoded film on a display of a computing device (e.g., a laptop computer, a desktop computer, a tablet computer, etc.) may be used by an input device (e.g., a digital pen) to determine its location relative to a display. The position-encoded film includes a positional encoded pattern of positioning points (e.g., identifiable or detectable dots, marks, etc.). The positioning points may not be detectable to the human eye such that they do not affect viewing of the display. For example, the positioning points may be comprised of infrared (!R) ink or near IR ink that may be detected by an IR sensor or camera capable of detecting IR

light. An input device may continuously or repeatedly emit IR light and capture images of the position encoded film (and reflected !R light) and analyze the images to determine the location of the input device relative to the position-encoded film based on the captured images and a geometric location of the input device 1 10 (using any suitable techniques).


August 4, 2016

A new patent application from Hewlett-Packard has been published. Anoto AB is included in description.

Title : (EN) DIGITAL PEN

Publication Date: 04.08.2016 (International Filing Date: 30.01.2015)

Pub. No.: WO/2016/122605

Applicants: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P

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[0009] A detector, which may be part of a handheld device such as a digital stylus or digital pen, may be provided. A predetermined series of positionally-encoded elements usually in the form of dots, squares, or similar marks may be provided on a display device. One such series of elements is the unique, predetermined positionally-encoded pattern provided by Anoto Group AB (Lund, Sweden). Using the predetermined pattern, a detector can determine its location with respect to the pattern when placed proximate the pattern.

[0037] An example pattern capable of providing unique encoded absolute positional information between the visibly transparent polarizing elements 130 is theAnoto dot pattern described above. Disposing the polarizing elements 130 in an Anoto compliant pattern provides a unique location identification system using the detector 145 capable of detecting the changed polarization state 135 of the light passing through the polarizing elements 130. Although the Anoto dot pattern is used as an illustrative example, any comparable predetermined pattern capable of providing unique encoded absolute positional information between the visibly transparent elements 130 may be similarly employed to dispose or locate the elements 130 in, on, or about the carrier 125.


Aug 4, 2016

A new patent application including Anoto from Ventana Medical systems inc.

Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. is a global leader in tissue diagnostics. The company has 1500 employees and develops, manufactures, and markets instrument reagent systems that automate tissue and slide staining in anatomic pathology laboratories. These products assist in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. Part of the Roche Diagnostics Division, Ventana is a member of the Roche Group. (wikipedia source link)

(EN) TRANSPORTER SYSTEMS, ASSEMBLIES AND ASSOCIATED METHODS FOR TRANSPORTING TISSUE SAMPLES

Applicants: VENTANA MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC. [US/US]; 1910 Innovation Park Dr. Tucson, Arizona 85755 (US)

Publication Date: 04.08.2016

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In one embodiment, the portable transporter system can include, wherein the unique identifier can include at least one of: an Anoto code printed onto a label of a container; a barcode on the cassette could be a vantage compatible preprinted code being inserted into the container; a barcode on the cassette identifiable by a barcode reader when the container arrives at accessioning stage, wherein the barcode reader is tied to patient-ID associated to a code of the container; or a unique label withAnoto pattern on the container, wherein the container is picked randomly, pen ties code electronically to patient-ID, and handwritten link and an identifier to be copied from a label of the container onto paper.

Example external vendors such as, e.g., but not limited to, PharmaForm can also offer digital tracking pens (e.g., ANOTO Pen) based on optical character recognition technology, according to an exemplary embodiment. Similar to the form-design and -printing, process, several options exist for extracting the data from the example ANOTO Pen, according to an exemplary embodiment. The customer may use software on a local personal computer (PC) or other computing device to extract data from the digital pen into a file which can then be emailed or uploaded to interested parties, according to an exemplary embodiment. Alternatively, pen data can be uploaded to a PharmaForms-provided cloud solution where the data can be verified by a PharmaForms representative and then can be made available for download by parties granted access to the site, according to an exemplary embodiment.

The pen may travel with the specimen sample containers and arrive at the operating room at the same time they do, according to an exemplary embodiment. When the samples leave the operating room and travel to the lab, the digital pen can go with the samples, according to an exemplary embodiment. Alternatively, the pen may travel with the individual who is responsible for collecting the samples, according to another exemplary embodiment. When the samples leave the lab, the written form can travel with the samples, but the pen can stay with its owner, according to an exemplary embodiment. The pen’s electronic data can be uploaded by the pen’s owner after the samples are enroute to the lab, according to an exemplary embodiment.

Figures 11A and 11B depict exemplary DIGITAL e-LRF PEN (various types possible, including with PharmaForms), as may be used in various embodiments of the claimed invention.

Figure 11A is an example ANOTO branded digital pen with exemplary functionality and components including, e.g., but not limited to, an example wireless transceiver (e.g., BLUETOOTH, etc.) 4902, an example batter 4904, an example memory 4908, an example processor 4910, example ink 4906, and an example camera 4912, according to an exemplary embodiment.

According to an exemplary embodiment, identifier use processing can include use of a unique identifier (Anoto code) printed onto the label of the container and being part of the capture of the eLRF, including, e.g., the barcode on the cassette could be, i.e., a Vantage compatible preprinted code, that is being inserted into the container; and/or when the container arrives at the accessioning stage, the cassette barcode can be identified by a barcode reader and tied to the patient-ID that was previously associated to the container (Anoto) code, according to an example embodiment.

According to an exemplary embodiment, processing can include use of the container (pot) also having a unique label with Anoto pattern (in little square box), including, e.g., the container can still be picked randomly, and the pen can tie that code electronically to the patient-ID., and can also need a handwritten link as well on paper (some ID that they have to copy from the pot’s label onto paper), according to one example embodiment.

152. The portable transporter system according to embodiment 151, wherein said unique identifier comprises at least one of:

• an Anoto code printed onto a label of a container;

• a barcode on the cassette could be a vantage compatible preprinted code being inserted into said container;

• a barcode on the cassette identifiable by a barcode reader when said container arrives at accessioning stage, wherein said barcode reader is tied to patient-ID associated to a code of said container; or

• a unique label with Anoto pattern on said container, wherein the container is picked randomly, pen ties code electronically to patient-ID, and handwritten link and an identifier to be copied from a label of said container onto paper.


July 28, 2016

A new patent application from Hewlett-Packard has been published. Anoto AB is included in detailed description (paragraph 21, 27, 36 and 45).

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P. [US/US]; 11445 Compaq Center Drive West Houston, Texas 77070 (US)

Title (EN) TRACKING A HANDHELD DEVICE ON SURFACES WITH OPTICAL PATTERNS

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“[0021] In one implementation, mat 200 includes a dot pattern. Such dot pattern may be capable of providing unique information, which will be described in greater detail below. In one implementation, an example pattern capable of providing unique encoded absolute positional information may be the Anoto dot pattern. In some implementations, such dot pattern may be visible to human eye (e.g., black dots on white surface or vice versa). In another implementations, the dot pattern may be invisible to the human eye (e.g., IR dots seen by infra-red camera). The dot pattern may be printed on a separate layer, and may be positioned between different layers of the mat.”

June 26, 2016

A new patent application from Hewlett-Packard claiming 3D visalization from a multi-touch screen: 

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June 26, 2016

A comprehensive new patent application for displaying content in a pen-based computing system from Livescribe has been published:

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Another new patent application from HP seems to claim “a new learning tool (resource) for handwritten annotation on printed media.

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June 9, 2016

Anoto AB was highlighted by Apple Inc. in a patent application published today:

“In one embodiment, an electronic pen such as an Anoto™ Pen may be used to interact with the collaboration system. Anoto pens use special pads of paper and optical recognition to determine where the pen is on a piece of paper and stream coordinates (wirelessly or via a USB cable) using a proprietary format. Software on the computer receives the coordinates and translates the pen motion into text or graphics. Alternatively an IOGear pen such as the Mobile Digital Scribe™ may be used to electronically stream coordinates of the pen strokes (which are made on paper) to a computer. The Mobile Digital Scribe will store handwritten notes, drawings, etc., for later transfer to a computer for storage or rendering.”

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http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20160162052.pdf


May 28, 2016

A new HP patent application has been published  (Anoto is not specifically mentioned)

Publication Number: 20160147316 Publication Date: 26.05.2016
Applicants: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
(EN) ATTACHING A STYLUS
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“In some examples, a stylus holder comprises a connector to attach to a port of a computing device and create an electrical connection to the computing device port, and a fastener to attach a stylus to the holder and provide at least one of a data and power connection to the stylus. The fastener includes a first inductive element formed in an internal cavity area of the fastener, the first inductive element to inductive couple to a second inductive element of the stylus, the second inductive element longer than the first inductive element.”

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May 26, 2016

New Gridmark inc. patent application reffering to “Anoto dot pattern”

Publication date 26.05.2016

Pub. No.:WO/2016/079901

 (EN) OPTICAL DEVICE

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“With regard to a conventional arcade game machine installed in a game center, or the like, or a conventional game machine used by connecting it to a TV monitor for home use, a card game device for playing cards by placing them on a stage of the game machine is known (refer to PTL 1).

And a game device is also proposed in which information concerning the game such as the number on a card that is placed by a player or the result of the game, or the like is displayed as an image on a stage by using a projector (refer to PTL 2).

[0003]

However, in the game machine described in PTL 1, only one camera was provided in the cabinet of the game machine, and there was a problem that various types of information could not be read precisely such as the direction and coordinates of a card, a different code, and the like if the stage surface for placing cards had been enlarged due to restrictions on the resolution. Moreover, if the resolution is increased, not only a camera cost increase but also an ultra high speed CPU (Central Processing Unit) and a large capacity RAM (Read Only Memory) (storage medium) are required, thus involving a substantial cost increase. Furthermore, a system fit for the size of the stage surface needs to be developed each time.

And the game machine described in PTL 2 had a problem that it is difficult to be installed in a game center, or the like due to its large size because a pole is provided in the game machine cabinet equipped with the stage for placing cards, or the like and a display device such as the projector is installed on the pole.

[0004]

Hence, the inventors of the present invention invented an information output device that enables information of a medium placed on a stage surface to be read reliably and efficiently, at the same time having high dramatic effect and high security and filed a patent application (refer to PTL 3).

Drawings “Here, a “dot pattern” denotes an information code that has been encoded by an arrangement algorithm of a plurality of dots.

With regard to the encoding algorithms for information code by means of a dot pattern, well-known algorithms such as Grid Onput (registered trademark) of Gridmark Limited and Anoto Pattern of Anoto can be used.
The encoding algorithm for a dot pattern itself is common to cases where it is read by visible light and cases where it is read by infrared rays, and therefore it is not specifically be limited.
Aside from above, a dot pattern may or may not be visually recognized, and even if it can be visually recognized, it will suffice if the pattern is recognized as a simple design, and any dot pattern whatsoever can be adopted.
Also, a dot pattern can encode a different information code, by defining coordinate values, depending on the position of reading such values.
Further details of dot patterns will be described later by referring to Fig. 10 and thereafter.”

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May 20, 2016

#HP (In this patent application, Anoto is not specifically mentioned)

IMAGE PROJECTION BACKGROUND

Publication date : May 19, 2016

“[0001] Two-dimensional and three-dimensional scanning technology allows for the digital capture or acquisition of the shape, contours, and other features of a physical object For example, in a three-dimensional scanning application, various hardware and software may be used to capture an object such as a user’s hand to display the object on a device or monitor.”

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PCMS Holdings, patent application, published 12-05-2016

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUGMENTED REALITY ANNOTATIONS

“The present disclosure relates to systems and procedures to permit user-generated content, such as underlining, highlighting, and comments, to be shared to printed media via an augmented reality (AR) system, such as a head mounted display, tablet, mobile phone, or projector, without the need to have an electronic text-version of the printed media. In an exemplary method, an augmented reality user device obtains an image of a printed page of text, and image recognition techniques are used to identify the page. An annotation associated with the identified page is retrieved, and the augmented reality device displays the annotation as an overlay on the identified page.”

From the detailed description section

“[0032] Various capture and image recognition systems can be used with embodiments disclosed herein. A similar capturing example is the Anoto technology that provides a means to capture the interaction of a digital pen with normal paper. (Dachselt, Raimund, and S. Al-Saiegh. “Interacting with printed books using digital pens and smart mobile projection.” Proc. of the Workshop on Mobile and Personal Projection (MP2)@ ACM CHI. Vol. 2011. 2011.) A small dot pattern is printed on each sheet of paper. The infrared camera integrated into the tip of the pen sees this pattern and processes it using onboard image recognition. Since the pattern is unique, the absolute position of the pen on the paper can be tracked exactly. The book is printed on a special Anoto paper.”

Note: The phrase “Anoto” is not found in the claims section.

May 13, 2016

Fuji Film Corporation 

Publication Date: 05.05.2016

“The information processor includes an input unit having an illuminating part and an image pickup part, and an input medium having an input surface on which inputting of information is carried out by the input unit which has position coordinates on the input surface coded by a dot pattern. The input unit irradiates light from the illuminating part onto input surface of the input medium. The irradiated light reflects off the dot contained in the dot pattern which is picked up by the image pickup part, and position information of the dot pattern is obtained. The input unit further has an input unit angular position measuring part that measures an angular position of the input unit when the light is irradiated. Based on corrected position information obtained by correction processing based on the angular position, input information, that is specified by the position coordinates is obtained.”

“The cholesteric liquid crystal ink liquid prepared above was dripped onto the surface of the under layer to dispose a dot pattern of the Anoto type known as a technique of information processing utilizing coding by dot patterns with an inject printer (DMP-2831, made by FUJIFILM Dimatix) on the under layer on the PET support fabricated as set forth above. This was dried for 30 seconds at 95° C. and then irradiated with 500 mJ/cm2 of UV radiation. A reflective pattern printed sheet having a pattern of cholesteric liquid crystal dots on the surface of an under layer was thus obtained.”

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Livescribe

Publication Date: 05.05.2016

“A system and method for identifying temporal positions in audio data and accessing the identified temporal positions are disclosed. “Audio bookmarks” are created by using various types of input, such as accessing a printed control with a smart pen, providing a voice command to the smart pen or providing a written command to the smart pen to identify temporal positions within the audio data. Alternatively, one or more rules are applied to audio data by a pen-based computing system to identify temporal positions in the audio data. The audio bookmarks are associated with one or more visual, auditory or tactile indicators showing the location of the audio bookmarks in the audio data. When an indicator is accessed, a portion of the audio data is played beginning from the temporal position associated with the accessed indicator. Additional data, such as written data, may also be associated with an indicator.”

“The smart pen 100 is designed to work in conjunction with the writing surface 50 so that the smart pen 100 can capture writing that is made on the writing surface 50. In one embodiment, the writing surface 50 comprises a sheet of paper (or any other suitable material that can be written upon) and is encoded with a pattern that can be read by the smart pen 100. An example of such a writing surface 50 is the so-called “dot-enabled paper” available from Anoto Group AB of Sweden (local subsidiary Anoto, Inc. of Waltham, Mass.), and described in U.S. Pat. No. 7,175,095, incorporated by reference herein. This dot-enabled paper has a pattern of dots encoded on the paper. A smart pen 100 designed to work with this dot enabled paper includes an imaging system and a processor that can determine the position of the smart pen’s writing tip with respect to the encoded dot pattern. This position of the smart pen 100 may be referred to using coordinates in a predefined “dot space,” and the coordinates can be either local (i.e., a location within a page of the writing surface 50) or absolute (i.e., a unique location across multiple pages of the writing surface 50).”

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Title: (EN) MULTIPLE-USER COLLABORATION WITH A SMART PEN SYSTEM

Applicant: Livescribe inc.

Publication Date:28.04.2016

“A central device concurrently receives handwriting gestures from a plurality of smart pen devices. Each set of handwriting gestures includes a sequence of spatial positions of the corresponding smart pen device with respect to a writing surface. Representations of the handwriting gestures are displayed on a display screen, and the representations show relative timing between the different sets of handwriting gestures. In one embodiment, a portion of the received handwriting gestures is outputted for display.”

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Mars 25 (20:46)

Yet another new Hewlett-Packard patent application referring to Anoto AB has been published (Mars 17). 

Applicants: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
Inventors: Fred Charles Thomas III
Publication Date: 17.03.2016
Title: (EN) POSITIONAL INPUT SYSTEMS AND METHODS

“Using a unique, predetermined element pattern such as that offered by Anoto, a detector can determine its location with respect to the pattern when placed proximate the pattern. By increasing the density of the elements (i.e., increasing the dot density by decreasing the distance between the elements, and possibly be decreasing the size of the elements themselves) the location resolution capability of the detector is commensurately increased. A visibly transparent, predetermined, element pattern disposed in, on, or about a visibly transparent carrier provides input systems and methods having a high degree of accuracy and resolution. The transparency of the elements and carrier permits the use of such systems and methods with display devices.”

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Publication date: 11.02.2016

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.

(EN) DETERMINING A POSITION OF AN INPUT OBJECT

Data is captured by an image capture device of an input object that has a first retroreflective pattern and a second, different retroreflective pattern on a surface of the input object. A position of the input object in three dimensions is determined based on the received data.”

In the detailed description of the invention, the word Stylus is found exactly 100 times. 

HP bic type

100 stylus

The detailed description is found here (source link)

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February 4, 2016

Title: CONTROLLING FORMS OF INPUT OF A COMPUTING DEVICE

Applicant: Hewlett-Packard Development company L.P.

“Examples disclosed herein control computing device input. One example includes activating a touchscreen of a computing device and enabling a capacitive touch control of the computing device for user selection as a device input to initiate a device action. The example further includes disabling the capacitive touch control based on a pen event with the touchscreen, wherein the pen event is triggered when a digital pen is to be placed within a predefined distance from the touchscreen.”

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“In addition to the touchscreen, the display surface of such computing devices may include buttons, for example, as a device input to initiate a device action. As an example, a device may include a home button for returning to the home screen, or a back button for returning to the previous screen illustrated on the device. Examples of buttons disposed on the display surface include, but are not limited to, physical buttons, that get physically depressed when pressed, and buttons with a capacitive touch control, that are capacitively activated due to user touch.

By having multiple forms of input on the display surface of the device (e.g., the touchscreen and the buttons), it is critical that the operation of one form of input does not interfere with the operation of another form of input. For example, while a user interacts with the touchscreen, either using a finger or a digital pen, the user may accidentally touch another form of input, such as the home button (e.g., by the palm or wrist). As a result, the home button controller may mistake unintentional touch as an attempt to return to the home screen. This false trigger on the home button may affect the seamlessness of the user’s work.

Examples disclosed herein provide the ability for disabling or ignoring input from one form of input on the display surface of a computing device while input is being received from another form of input on the display surface. For example, while a digital pen is interacting with the touchscreen of a tablet computer, the buttons disposed on the display surface of the tablet may be disabled, or input from the buttons may be ignored. By disabling or ignoring input from one form of input while input is being received from another form of input, false triggers due to unintentional touch may be avoided.

In one example, a method generally includes activating a touchscreen of a computing device and enabling a capacitive touch control of the computing device for user selection as a device input to initiate a device action. The method includes disabling the capacitive touch control based on a pen event with the touchscreen, wherein the pen event is triggered when a digital pen is to be placed within a predefined distance from the touchscreen.

In another example, a computing device generally includes a touchscreen and a first controller to activate the touchscreen. The computing device includes a capacitive touch control for user selection as a device input to initiate a device action and a second controller electrically connected to the first controller. The second controller is to enable the capacitive touch control for the user selection, and ignore the device input from the capacitive touch control based on a pen event with the touchscreen. The pen event is triggered when a digital pen is to be placed within a predefined distance from the touchscreen.

In yet another example, a computing device, generally includes a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium and a plurality of programming instructions stored in the storage medium. In response to execution of the programming instructions by a processing resource, the computing device is to activate a first form of input of the computing device and enable a second form of input of the computing device for user selection as a device input to initiate a device action. The computing device is to disable the second form of input based on a pen event with the first form of input, wherein the pen event is triggered when a digital pen is to be placed within a predefined distance from the first form of input.”

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January 22, 2016 (21:38)

Another new HP patent application has been published:

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Interestingly, the inventors behind the second patent are the same as in the first patent where Anoto AB was excplicitly stated. Obviously, CESI believes that the new pen generation under the collaboration (most likely containing Anoto technology) simply will be entitled “HP pen X and Y”

First HP patent (source link above):

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New HP patent (announced yesterday):

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The above picture convinced CESI that this patent is totally dedicated towards the Anoto AB technology.

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January 19, 2016 (00:29)

Today, CESI stumbled over a new Raynolds & Reynolds inc. patent embracing Anoto AB technology. Interestingly, another Raynolds & Reynolds inc. patent application is found below in this collection…

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CESI note: About Reynolds and Reynolds

  • Provider of automotive retailing solutions for car dealers and automakers in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Europe.
  • Founded in 1866 as a business forms printing company; began serving automobile dealers in 1927.
  • Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, with more than 4,300 associates worldwide.
  • Recognized leader in customer satisfaction.

“Today, Reynolds and Reynolds delivers the software, business forms and supplies, and professional services that support all areas of automotive retailing for car dealers and automakers. Our solutions help improve the customer experience and help make the dealer’s business more efficient and profitable”


January 4, 2016 (16:56)

Anoto AB: A new 3M patent has been published (December 14, 2015)

Open the pdf and search Anoto. Anoto is mentioned 9 times

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3M new patent

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December 21, 2015 (22:42)

A recently published patent application highlighting

LIVESCRIBE® dot paper technology (see bottom below).

Arbitrary Surface Printing Device for Untethered Multi-Pass Printing

Recently, some printers have diverged from these conventional “electric” and “mechanical” conventions, representing a revolution in the printing industry known as three-dimensional (3D) printing. 3D printers are designed for fabrication rather than traditional “printing” (i.e. creating markings on a surface) and therefore have a divergent configuration and components from the typical printer configurations discussed above.

However, all of the foregoing printer configurations are subject to common limitations: immobility and inflexibility with respect to print surface. Conventional electrical printers are bulky, heavy devices that must remain in a fixed location and orientation to ensure proper operation. Electrical printers are renowned for experiencing “jams” due to slight deformities in paper being moved throughout the housing, or even simply due to slight irregularities in operation even when working with a “perfect” sheet of paper.

Mechanical printers are not necessarily subject to the jamming problems common to electrical printers, but may experience similar issues e.g. problems with the motion of the print head/shutter mechanism on an address label) in some cases. However, mechanical printers are also subject to mobility limitations, relying entirely on the user to position and perform the printing operation manually. Conventional mechanical printers are not capable of printing predefined patterns with precision and complexity characteristic of electrical printers, instead relying on the skill of the user to accomplish any detailed or custom-tailored printing.

3D printers are capable of even more complex patterns than conventional electrical printers, and do not suffer from the same “jamming” problems (although 3D printers may have a similar variety of challenges arising from problems with the extrusion or deposition process or print surface sensitivity. However, 3D printers are even more sensitive, to location and orientation, and often orders of magnitude larger and heavier than conventional electrical printers, making these configurations even less capable of mobility and mobile printing.

While some self-propelled printers have been disclosed, e.g. Chinese Patent Publication Nos. CN 100588552 (filed Jan. 21 2007) and CN 10154432 (filed Mar. 27, 2008), these configurations focus on printing on non-flexible material and a print area larger than the footprint of the printer device itself, rather than precise multi-pass printing rivaling that of conventional electrical printers as featured in the presently disclosed inventive embodiments.

Existing untethered printers such as disclosed in the above references are not capable of performing high-precision or multi-pass printing, especially using different colors and/or printing materials due to lack of synchronization and alignment between different passes. Further, it is typically impossible to remove the arbitrary print surface where printing is desired and insert it in a conventional printer.

Accordingly, the present inventive concepts solve the foregoing problems by disclosing devices configured to print, i.e. to create markings, on surfaces having variable textures, topography, and/or geometry. The inventive devices also feature locomotive means and a plurality of sensors configured to provide positional awareness and monitor progress of a print operation to enable the device to autonomously print on nearly any surface according, to complex patterns. […]

Regarding position scribing, and as known in the art, it is possible to utilize a plurality of absolute position-indicative marks within the print area to determine device position. This mode relies on onboard position sensors and positional scribes. The onboard position sensing corrects accumulated error based on error correction scribe pre-drawn on print surface. These scribes may include any conventional, known position scribe, such as exemplified by LIVESCRIBE® dot paper technology.

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December 4, 2015

First solid HP statement in the HP/Anoto collaboration.

Yesterday, CESI stumbled on this very new HP patent:

Publication Date: 03.12.2015

International Filing Date: 30.05.2014

Pub. No.: WO/2015/183299 International Application No.: PCT/US2014/040154

POSITIONAL INPUT ON DISPLAYS

Abstract:
“Positional input systems and methods are provided. Using a handheld device comprising a detector, to which display of a plurality of displays a detector is proximate may be determined. Using the detector, at least a part of an optical pattern disposed on the display to which the detector is proximate may be detected. The part of the optical pattern may correspond to a location on the display.”

CESI has found that Anoto AB is mentioned in the following attached quotes:

“[0006] A detector, which may be part of a handheld device such as a digital stylus or digital pen, may be provided. A predetermined series of positionally-encoded elements usually in the form of dots, squares, or similar marks may be provided on a display device. One such series of elements is the unique, predetermined positionally-encoded pattern provided by Anoto Group AB (Lund, Sweden). Using the predetermined pattern, a detector can determine its location with respect to the pattern when placed proximate the pattern. The location resolution capability of the detector may, for example, be increased (1 ) by increasing the positional accuracy of the elements relative to each other, and/or (2) by increasing the number of dots used simultaneously to ascertain a location address, such that error is decreased in locating the dots.

and:

“[0031] An example pattern capable of providing unique encoded absolute positional information between the visibly transparent polarizing elements 130 is theAnoto dot pattern described above. Disposing the polarizing elements 130 in an Anoto compliant pattern provides a unique location identification system using the detector 145 capable of detecting the changed polarization state 135 of the light passing through the polarizing elements 130. Although theAnoto dot pattern is used as an illustrative example, any comparable predetermined pattern capable of providing unique encoded absolute positional information between the visibly transparent elements 130 may be similarly employed to dispose or locate the elements 130 in, on, or about the carrier 125.”

and:

“[0042] In some examples, if carriers 125 are provided on or proximate to each of the displays 1 15 of the computing devices 150a-b, then each of the carriers 125 may have different patterns relative to one another. For example, each pattern may be a different optical pattern of visibly transparent polarization altering elements 130, for example differentAnoto dot patterns.”

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3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY, Publication Date: 01.10.2015

US20150277594, DIGITIZER USING MULTIPLE STYLUS SENSING TECHNIQUES,

A further location measurement technique well suited for fine location measurement involves the use of static visual indicia. For example, small dots nearly imperceptible, or imperceptible, to the human eye may be overlaid upon a display (or upon a digitizer sensor or display used for first location measurement). The arrangement of dots uniquely define any space upon the digitizer sensor surface. Such technology is well known and described in numerous patent filings by Anoto company of Sweden. Given a first measurement, the universe of candidate dots could be narrowed in anticipation of a second location measurement technique. In this case, the second technique may be preferable, for example, when stylus movement is too fast for indicia recognition.


3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY, Publication Date: 17.09.2015

US20150261317, OPTICAL DIGITIZER SYSTEM WITH POSITION-UNIQUE PHOTOLUMINESCENT INDICIA

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“One pattern of indicia suited to embodiments described herein has been developed by, and is available from, Anoto Company AB, of Sweden. Anoto provides companies the ability to print small, opaque dots on paper in a pattern that uniquely defines each location on the paper. A stylus, that they also provide, is then used to sense portions of the pattern passing within the stylus field-of-view (FOV). The sensed pattern is then analyzed and the position of the stylus relative to the paper is computed.”

“Anoto Company AB, of Sweden, licenses software that allows companies to print opaque indicia in the form of ink on, for example, paper. Anoto also sells pens that recognize the indicia and thereby determine the X-Y coordinates of the pen relative to the printed paper. Indicia and sensing techniques based on various patterns are further described in U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,051,763; 5,442,147; 5,477,012; 5,852,434; 6,502,756; 6,548,768; 6,570,104; 6,586,688; 6,663,008; 6,666,376; 6,667,695; 6,689,966; 6,722,574; and 7,622,182, each of which is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety. Anoto is one company that has developed location unique indicia-based digitizer systems; other systems will be known by the skilled artisan, and inventions described herein may be applicable to many of them.”

“Stylus 120B (FIG. 3b) is similar to stylus 120A, except it has an additional light source 35. This light source may be beneficially used in stylus embodiments that need to sense both photoluminescent indicia and traditional reflective indicia (the latter commercially available from Anoto).”

“FIG. 2a shows an Anoto type indicium within the solid rectangle, comprising a pattern of opaque dots on a substrate, arranged on a virtual 6×6 matrix indicated by dotted lines. Each intersection of the matrix has one dot, and each dot is position-encoded into one of four positions above, below, left, or right of the intersection. This provides a coding system based on thirty-six digits of base four, so each 4-some combination of the indicia can represent as many as 436 unique codes. Permutations of codes are reduced to allow independent encoding of X and Y coordinates in each indicium. Permutations are also reduced by the requirement for redundancy that allows determination of the position of a partial surface, and to detect code sequences from any orientation. Even with such reductions, Anoto indicia can encode extremely large areas with position-unique indicia less than 2 mm in size, where each of the indicia uniquely defines a local region of a substrate.
Photoluminescent indicia described herein may use the same pattern of monochrome dots as used by Anoto, or other options may be preferable. For example, visible light transmissive photoluminescent materials may be used to make features of larger size that still have minimal optical visibility. Larger dots or other feature shapes may be easier to print, and material with larger photoluminescent particles may be used, while indicia size is maintained at less than 2 mm square.”


US20150244933, Camera Control Means to Allow Operating of a Destined Location of the Information Surface of a Presentation and Information System, III Holdings 3, LLC, Publication Date: 27.08.2015

The state of the art as regards the presentation equipment of negotiation rooms is represented by separate devices, which make possible either just visualisation of information (for example, a data projector connected to a computer) or, in addition, also editing of the information and creation of new information. Such more sophisticated devices are, for example, various integrated touch screens/pen-operated digital white boards, which are provided with embedded softwares. One example of this is the SMART Board system. Another example is the ANOTO—Digital pen and yet a third example is Ebeam. In Ebeam, a sensor is connected to a corner of a manual white board. There the cap of a container emits a signal, which is measured by the sensor. However, the device needs calibrating when put in a new place.


US20150230602. DESK CONFIGURATION, Josef GLÖCKL, Publication Date: 20.08.2015

The set of screen contents of the first screen on the first desktop and the set of screen contents of the second screen on the second desktop can be shifted onto a whiteboard of the organiser board, where it is possible to carry on working with Anoto pens. Conversely, content can be shifted from the whiteboard onto the first or second screen. A workstation can thus be freely selected by the user between a workstation on the first desktop (seated workstation), on the second desktop (standing workstation) or a whiteboard of the organiser board.
In other words, a user can freely select whether he works on the set of screen contents on the first desktop, on the second desktop or on the whiteboard. The set of screen contents can be shifted between the first screen, the second screen and the whiteboard, i.e. back and forth between three positions. Visual, acoustic or kinetic signals can invite the user to change position, according to a time interval which can be freely selected by the user, as described above. For example, a Word document can be shifted from the first or second screen onto the whiteboard and worked on further or corrected there with Anoto pens. The visual, acoustic, tactile or kinaesthetic signals can be controlled by means of the control unit and set by one of the input units.
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US20150229792, DOCUMENT CAMERA Kenji YOSHIDA, Publication Date: 13.08.2015

“In algorithm for encoding information or a numerical value with a dot pattern, dot patterns particularly disclosed in Japanese Patent No. 3706385, Japanese Patent No. 3858051, Japanese Patent No. 3771252, Japanese Patent No. 4834872, Japanese Patent No. 4899199, and the like can be used. As the standards of typical dot patterns, Grid Onput (registered tradename), an Anoto pattern, and the like are conceived. In addition, since the number of codes is advantageously small when a handwriting input is not mounted, a larger number of dot patterns can be employed.”

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HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P, WO2015116160, Publication Date: 06.08.2015 

OPTICAL POINTER ILLUMINATION

Patent Abstract: “An example system includes a display; an optical pointer driver to receive an indication of an optical pointer location on the display; and a graphics driver to receive the indication of the optical pointer location and adjust an illumination of graphics in a vicinity of the indicated location.”

Quote from the patent description:

“[0028] An example pattern capable of providing unique encoded absolute positional information between the visibly transparent polarizing elements 230 is the Anoto® dot pattern provided by Anoto Group AB (Lund, Sweden). Disposing the polarizing elements 230 in an Anoto compliant pattern provides a unique location identification system using the detector 235 capable of detecting the changed second polarization state of the light passing through the polarizing elements 230. Although the Anoto dot pattern is used as an illustrative example, any comparable predetermined pattern capable of providing unique encoded absolute positional information between the visibly transparent polarizing elements 230 may be similarly employed to dispose or locate the polarizing elements 230 in, on, or about the carrier 225.”

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BLÄCKBILD, US20150190084, Patient Management Device, System And Method . Publication Date:09.07.2015

CESI Note: Slightly more info about Bläckbild available at http://www.blackbild.se/

Patent abstract: A portable apparatus for managing a plurality of events related to a patient and for recording and storing input data related to said events is disclosed. The portable apparatus comprises a man machine user interface; a timer unit; a control unit, arranged to provide an invitation to the patient as an instruction via the interface to perform a motion exercise, upon a trigger from the timer unit or upon a patient self initiation. In an embodiment the apparatus comprises a sensor to record measurements related to said motion exercise. Further, a storage unit is arranged to retrievably store patient input data and said measurements. This enables diagnosing a degree of a neurological disease or an effect of a medication on said neurological disease.

Quote from the patent´s description:

“The portable apparatus takes in an embodiment form of a pen. Alternatively, or in addition, a pen may comprise an accelerometer and transmit measurement data of handwriting to a portable apparatus 10 for storage. Alternatively, or in addition, the pen may comprise another handwriting registration unit, like an optical reader as known from Anoto® pens.”

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Reynolds & Reynolds Holdings Inc,  US20140327660, Publication date November 6, 2014

TRANSACTION AUTOMATION AND ARCHIVAL SYSTEM USING ELECTRONIC CONTRACT DISCLOSURE UNITS .

Detailed description: …”Special Location Coded Forms: The scanning pens discussed above require documents that include special embedded location codes. These location codes are patterns of small symbols (e.g. dots) printed on the page. In one embodiment of the present invention, the dot pattern and encoding technology of Anoto Group AB, located in Sweden (www.anoto.com) can be utilized. These patterns are codes read by the scanning pens. Some codes are coordinates on the page, while other codes are special purpose (e.g. action triggers). In the ECDU, these triggers can be used to request further information, help, glossary lookup, navigation, etc. Specifically, the Anoto dot pattern may be printed on a credit application, menuing area, signoff sheets, contracts and disclosures, or policies to enable the scanning pen to record handwritten responses (signatures, form data, selection, interactive requests, etc.). “

” FIG. 20 shows one embodiment of the ECDU (electronic contract and disclosure unit) with separated peripheral unit 246, printer 71 with its document ID readers 263, 259 (known simply as document ID reader printer). In this embodiment, contract and disclosures are completed and captured using special location coded forms and a scanning pen 42. In one embodiment, coded forms 156 incorporate special location encoded symbol technology (i.e. dot patterns) of Anoto Group AB, located in Sweden (www.anoto.com). The document ID for Anoto encoded paper is the location of this dot pattern range within the larger dot pattern space. Logically, Anoto describes an individual page by specifying its location in a larger, available dot pattern.

The document ID reader printer of the present invention consists of a printer and two document ID readers 263, 259, as shown in FIG. 21. The reader 263 is capable of reading a machine readable ID 262 within a specified capture area 265. The reader 259 is capable of reading a machine readable ID 268 within a specified capture area 269. One reader 259 is mounted inside the printer in the printer tray 261 area to capture the document ID 262 of each page prior to printing. The second reader 263 is mounted on the top of the printer to capture the document ID of each page after printing. USB cables 264 and 266 provide communication with the readers 259 and 263 respectively. After printing, the pages are ejected into the output paper tray 267.

Three approaches to printing these special location coded forms are covered by this invention. First, contract and disclosures are printed on-demand by the printer on blank paper. In this embodiment, the printer prints both the special location coded patterns of symbols (e.g. Anoto dot patterns) and the text/graphics of the contract or disclosure. As each page is printed, the document ID (e.g. Anoto page ID associated with the portion of the special location coded dot pattern utilized) is stored in the transaction log along with the document description and time/date printed, as shown in FIG. 23.

In another alternate embodiment, the transaction log shown in FIG. 110 is used to provide an authenticated registration table that associates each completed contract or disclosure with a unique machine readable document ID code. The document ID code functions like a unique digital fingerprint for that document and document ID codes are not re-used. The document ID code is a machine readable code such as, for instance, an Anoto dot pattern ID, RFID, barcode, alphanumeric code, etc. When a document is being created, a unique document ID code is retrieved or supplied from a suitable repository such as the RPS. A new record is added to the transaction log containing the new document description and document ID code along with the time and data printed and the status entry is set to “in-use.” Ideally, the transaction log is stored in the repository of the RPS. The document description entry includes sufficient identifying information such as document type, version number, list of parties to the contract, page number, etc. After successfully executing the document, the transaction log status entry is changed to “completed” and the time/date retrieved is set to the time/date of the completion. For example, when the document requires a signature, the time/date of execution is noted when all signatures are captured in the designated locations. When documents are not completed during a predetermined amount of time, the status entry is changed to “expired.” If there is a problem during printing or other reasons for reprinting, the status entry is changed to “void” and a new record is added to the transaction to record the new unique document ID code. Since only the completed document will have the matching document ID to the one stored in the transaction log, this document ID thus provides one means of authentication for the document. In the embodiment using the Anoto coded paper, the ECDU provides a measure of tamper resistant documents, a measure of counterfeiting resistance, and uniquely identifies the document”

CESI note: About Reynolds and Reynolds

  • Provider of automotive retailing solutions for car dealers and automakers in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Europe.
  • Founded in 1866 as a business forms printing company; began serving automobile dealers in 1927.
  • Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, with more than 4,300 associates worldwide.
  • Recognized leader in customer satisfaction.

“Today, Reynolds and Reynolds delivers the software, business forms and supplies, and professional services that support all areas of automotive retailing for car dealers and automakers. Our solutions help improve the customer experience and help make the dealer’s business more efficient and profitable”


HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P,  WO2013043175,

SOFT BUTTON INPUT SYSTEMS AND METHODS .

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Detailed description…”[0012] The machine readable pattern 1 10 can include any pattern, symbol, or group of symbols capable of being machine read, for example through the use of an appropriate detection device used as an input to the machine. A non-exclusive, non-limiting, example machine readable pattern 1 10 is that provided by Anoto® Group AB (Lund, Sweden). Using a unique, predetermined dot or element pattern such as that offered by Anoto®’, a detector can uniquely discern, distinguish, or detect at least a portion of the pattern when placed proximate the pattern. By increasing the density of the dots (i.e., increasing the dot density by decreasing the distance between the elements, and possibly be decreasing the size of the elements themselves) the resolution capability of the detector is commensurately increased…”

“[0015] Other machine readable patterns 1 10 can be used with similar performance, for example barcodes and quick response (QR) codes may be used in lieu of the Anoto® dot pattern described in detail above. Where other machine readable patterns 1 10 are used, a detector and logic sensitive to the specific type of machine readable pattern 1 10 are employed.”


ADAPX, Inc, Robin Michael, Cohen Phil, US20140298150, Publication date October 2, 2014

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING FEATURES AND ATTRIBUTES IN A DIGITAL DOCUMENT .

“A geographical information system (“GIS”) is an information system that provides the ability to create, save, interact with, analyze, and display geospatial data. In contrast, a map display system merely has the ability to present geo-registered maps/imagery. For example, a GEOPDF® document by TERRAGO® offers the ability to display maps as PDFs, and to record the geo-coordinates of a cursor, enabling “red line” markups, positioning of geo-registered icons as “stamps”, displaying a GPS trail, etc. The GIS is database driven—the visualization involves the rendering of properties of the data, both their geospatial extent as well as other attribute-values. Thus, a street in a map system is merely a set of colored geo-referenced pixels or lines, whereas for a GIS, it has attributes and values such as street names, thickness (useful data for a concrete company), etc. The “geodatabase” in a GIS is typically a relational database, with tables representing types of objects, specific objects represented as rows, and columns that represent attributes of those objects. Typically, one of the columns provides spatial data (e.g., latitude-longitude, addresses, etc.) so that the object can be located on the Earth. The objects themselves may have complex shapes (point, line, or poly-line). In some GISs, the objects on a map user-interface (UI) are segregated into various “layers,” often based on object type, which the GIS user can turn on/off. The user interface to the GIS system will typically offer many different icons that control GIS functions, including the display of objects, and the invocation of analytical tools (e.g., shortest path algorithms, indivisibility calculations, terrain reasoning, etc). Typically, there will be a ‘legend’ on the GIS display, and rendered on the map, which associates symbols with the objects via a set of labels. The term “GIS” is herein used to include those GIS systems manufactured by Environmental Systems Research Institute, GOOGLE® (e.g., GOOGLE® map and Earth GIS systems), MICROSOFT® (VIRTUAL EARTH® GIS system), IBM® (Smart Planet GIS system), MAPQUEST® GIS system, PITNEY BOWES® (MAPINFO® GIS system), and many others. The term “GIS” may also include computer-aided design (CAD) systems, such as those manufactured by AUTODESK®, BENTLEY®, ARCHICAD®, etc., and building-information management systems, such as those manufactured by AUTODESK® and BENTLEY®, and others. It also includes icon display and positioning systems, such as those manufactured by MICROSOFT® VISIO®, that include attribute-value data associated with those icons.

Further, the GIS stores and displays spatial information, accepts inputs into a geographic database (“geo-database”) underlying that geospatial display, and supports calculations based on the geographic information to support decision-making

Unfortunately, the complexity of GIS software and end-user computer equipment has made it difficult for field workers, untrained in the intricacies of GIS, to collect needed data. Adapx, Inc. has addressed this need by developing digital paper and pen mapping software based on ANOTO® technology that integrates with leading GIS software from Environmental Systems Research Institute called ARCGIS® software and from TERRAGO® called GEOPDF® software. This technology enables untrained users to provide GIS data by marking on digital paper maps using digital pens. Such data is immediately geo-registered by the software and made available for subsequent processing. “

CESI note: Under the Adapx inc Technologu partners, we find Anoto, IBM and Microsoft (see link below).

http://www.adapx.com/our-partners

http://www.adapx.com/our-partners/technology-partners

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IBM (International Business Machines Corporation), US20130321352, Publication date December 5, 2013

MODIFYING INFORMATION ON A HAND WRITABLE PHYSICAL MEDIUM WITH A DIGITAL PEN

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Detailed description: ….”The OCR means/position information detection means 252 converts characters or numerals written on a physical medium to text or recognizes a graphic, on the basis of information read by the digital pen 241 (the OCR means) and detects or calculates position information indicating the location of the digital pen 241 on the physical medium (position information of the digital pen) on the basis of position information from the digital pen (the position information detection means). The OCR means may be any of the technology known to those skilled in the art. The OCR means and the position information detection means may be separate units. The digital pen 241 may be an Anoto pen.”

Additionol links (see previous link above for full patent!)

http://www.latestpatents.com/ibm-patents-granted-on-28-april-2015/

http://www.storagenewsletter.com/rubriques/miscellaneous/ibm-assigned-twenty-patents-2/


SONY CORPORATION, US20140078117, publication date: Mars 20, 2014

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, WRITING INSTRUMENT, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM .

“Meanwhile, the writing unit 130 is disposed at a tip end of the electronic pen 100 as illustrated in, for example. FIG. 2, and transmits the position of the electronic pen 100 on a surface to be written upon to the terminal device 200. The writing unit 130 is operated according to any one of various schemes, for example, an electromagnetic induction scheme, a resistive film scheme, an infrared and ultrasonic scheme, and an Anoto (registered trademark) scheme. Note that details of each scheme will not be described since the schemes are already well known.”

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McCorkindale Mary Catherine, XEROX CORPORATION, Prabhat Saurabh, Campanelli Michael Robert, Arputharaj Vinoth Kumar,  US20130272523, Publication date October 17, 2013

Mobile field level encryption of private documents .

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FIG. 1 further illustrates a digital pen 166 having an image capture component 168, a display 170, and a communications link 172 to the cloud 134. It will be understood that the digital pen 166 includes, for example and without limitation, a processor, memory, and instructions corresponding to operating the pen 166. The pen may further include a network interface component (not shown) that may communicate data with the cloud 134. Examples of such digital pens may include LIGHTSCRIBE, ANOTO, and the like.

CESI Note: XEROX is a large company with +140000 employees and  $ 577 million was invested in RD&E in 2014.

Source: http://www.xerox.com/about-xerox/company-facts/enus.html


HITACHI, LTD, WO2014141414, Publication date September 18, 2014

LEARNING PROCESS VISUALIZATION SYSTEM AND VISUALIZATION PROCESSING DEVICE, AND VISUALIZATION METHOD .

CESI note: This patent was another hit using “Anoto” as the search phrase. However, CESI can not find Anoto in the body text. Potentially, due to the Japanese language.

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Dougase Tomomichi, Gotou Osamu, Isemori Yuuichi, US20140315003, Publication date October 23, 2014

PATTERN-PRINTED SHEET AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR .

The optically readable dot pattern 2 formed in the optically readable region 3 is configured by, for example, many independent dots, which are dispersively laid out on the substrate 10. The size of the dots to constitute the optically readable dot pattern 2 is preferably in the range of 80 to 130 μm in its diameter; and the dot density thereof is preferably in the range of 5 to 20 dots/mm2. These dots are laid out in accordance with a prescribed regularity so as to be optically readable; and location thereof on the pattern-printed sheet can be identified from the lay-out relation. The dot pattern like this is specifically exemplified by a so-called Anoto pattern specified by Anoto Group AB.

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US20130321651, Ichikawa Mikiya, Ricoh Company, Limited

FILE MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUE

An image processing system includes an image capturing apparatus and a server apparatus. The image capturing apparatus includes: an image capturing unit that captures an image of a printout produced by printing print data; an extracting unit that extracts identification information by decoding encoded information extracted from the captured image; a transmitting unit that transmits the extracted identification information to the server apparatus, and a display control unit that causes a display unit to display the captured image and related information transmitted from the server apparatus. The server apparatus includes: an identifying unit that identifies the print data stored in the storage unit in a manner associated with the identification information received from the image capturing apparatus; and a transmitting unit that transmits the related information related to the identified print data to the image capturing apparatus

Examples of the “encoded information” include Quick Response Codes (QR codes) (registered trademark) and Anoto patterns. The encoded information of the present embodiment is obtained by encoding identification information that indicates which document data (more specifically, a document name), which version of the document data, and which page of the document data is printed on the printout. The encoded information does not necessarily utilize QR codes or Anoto patterns, but may utilize any other method capable of identifying document data by image capture by the camera 101


JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH,  ZIRKL Martin, STADLOBER Barbara, HALLER Michael, GREINDL Patrick, RENDL Christian, WO2014037016,

PRINTED PIEZOELECTRIC PRESSURE SENSING FOIL

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Pen & touch tracking

“To provide a stable solution for a pen and touch tracking, it is preferred to combine the above described foil design with an additional dot pattern, as provided, for example, by ANOTO (RTM).”


COMPURANTS LIMITED, US20150178864, Publication date: June 25, 2015

RESTAURANT SERVICE AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

CESI note: Anoto is stated as one of many listed technologies that would “be combined in someway to achieve the invention”.  Well, this patent is very entertaining and well worth a read 🙂 The patent section covering robot wars at restaurants is excluded in the compilation of applications below…

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SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
There is provided a management system, comprising a hub, a set of clients, and a point of sale system, the management system operable to be controlled by management tool software wherein the management tool software provides a user interface.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Overview
When we use the word “E-Table” in this document it may for example be referring to any Server-Client hardware and software combinations as shown in FIG. 1. In FIG. 1, there is shown an E-Table Hub including an Ordering Process, a Web Service, and an EPOS (electronic point of sale) Abstraction. The E-Table Hub is connectable to Management tools. The E-Table Hub is connectable to an Ecosystem of clients. The E-Table Hub has a choice of POS (point of sale) technologies such as Venta, Micros or others. Seating arrangements comprising tables, and/or places at a counter, are possible.
Some other locations where our technology may add extra value:
Executive boxes at football stadiums: So corporate clients may order food and drink direct from their box as well as watching replays of the goals. This may be applied more broadly to sports stadiums and instant replays. E.g. tennis; Olympics stadiums. A customer may use all of the usual E-Table features

“Hotel bedrooms
A customer may use all of the usual E-Table features
A customer may order room service; pre order dinner; watch a movie etc.
A customer may see what facilities are available within the hotel
A Customer may changes their environment and mood lighting within the room as a whole (e.g. projections on the wall, regular lights with dimmers, fibre optics, lasers may all be controlled through the E-Table input.)
Hotel Conference Centres:
A customer may use all of the usual E-Table features
A customer may view a table displaying powerpoint presentations, ordering or choosing between their meal.
Airport Travel Locations
A customer may use all of the usual E-Table features.
Nightclubs
A customer may use all of the usual E-Table features
A customer may control the overall ambience (as per the hotel bedrooms).
Ordering on planes and trains
A customer may use all of the usual E-Table features
A customer can view movies in a plane using one of the E-Table clients
A customer can view their flight plans and times through the E-Table
A customer can view their connecting flight through the E-Table
A customer can see a cockpit-Cam through the E-Table system
A customer can play the regular E-table games through the E-Table system.
Travel (A customer may order their duty free shopping using an E-Table)
Airport Travel eateries (with duty free shopping)
E-Learning centres
A customer may use all of the usual E-Table features
A customer may interact with the E-Table database to learn about all of the individual food items
A customer may use the E-Table independently of all of its usual features and may have separate learning features taught straight through the hardware. These features may be interactive between people on either side of the table.
Document sharing
The E-Table may be used as a repository of data at events/meeting seminars/hotel places etc. as a focal point for where business people can share data, documents etc.
Purchasing
Standalone games are built and provided, which may run on a portable device e.g. an iPhone/wireless device. These games may be purchased by wirelessly linking the customer’s iPOD/blackberry/general PDA/general phone device. There may be a fee which goes to the restaurant or to the central Compurants hub through this.
3rd Parties may build and provide E-Table apps which work on the E-Table but are also designed to be downloadable.
Trailers for movies may be shown on the tables and DVDs/Blue Ray discs may be purchased and written to disc at the restaurant and the price added to customers restaurant bill as they walk home with a hard copy of the DVD.
An ingredients list of the food items available at the restaurant may be viewed by the customers. In a restaurant like Inamo, the ingredients lists are quite unusual and difficult for a member of the general public to get hold of. A customer may through this list select individual ingredients that they would like to purchase and take home from the restaurant and these may either be given to the customer to take home at the end of the night or they may be delivered by the restaurant at an agreed time. The purchase price of these items may be added to the customer’s bill and this can provide an extra revenue source for the venue.
An Inamo/restaurant cookbook may be visible on the table and may be ordered either to take home or for home delivery at a later date.
Social Events Using the System
Dating application…”

crazy patent


CORNING INCORPORATED,US2014038802, Publication date June 11, 2015

DURABLE GLASS ARTICLES FOR USE AS WRITABLE ERASABLE MARKER BOARDS

“The passive digital markerboard with the coding pattern can be used in conjunction with a transmitter/receiver device to record and transmit the information written on the passive digital markerboard to another device, such as a computer or mobile device. Examples of such a transmitter/receiver device include the Livescribe Smartpen and the Anoto Live Digital Pen.”

YOSHIDA KENJI, EP 2869235, Publication date May 6, 2015

LENS UNIT 

“The present invention is a lens unit mounted on an information processing device including a camera and an analyzing means for decoding information codes, including: a lens holder having a lower opening portion detachably mounted to surround a photographing opening of the camera and an upper opening portion at both ends of the lens holder; a lens disposed at a predetermined position in the cylindrical lens holder; and an ID medium loaded in the upper opening portion of the lens holder, having an opening or a transparent region required to photograph a predetermined object, and formed to make it possible that the camera photographs a pattern obtained by encoding an ID code serving as one of the information codes to perform authentication in the analyzing means.”

[0027] As an encoding algorithm for an information code by a dot pattern, a known algorithm such as Grid Onput (registered trade mark) available from Gridmark Inc. or an Anoto pattern available from Anoto can be used.


CHI-CHANG LIU and PHILIP LIU, US20150104778, Publication date April 16, 2015

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMPUTER BASED MENTORSHIP

“A computerized interactive learning system includes a display device and a compatible input device. The display device provides work items to a learner. The input device detects input activities from the learner in response to the work item. The system analyzes the input activities at two or more tiered levels of granularity. The display device provides conditional feedback to the learner based on the analysis. The input device and the display device can be incorporated into an integrated touchscreen”

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“Thus, an electronic record of the student’s work process on notepad 213 is created and kept on CPU 200. Alternatively, a digital paper using printed navigation landmarks invented by Anoto may be used in conjunction with a Livescibe-like digital camera pen, with the ability to store the time stamp information for each event, to accomplish the same effect. In FIG. 2, student #1 may use stylus 205 on device 204 to solve test item 218, whose content are sent from CPU 200 to all connected display-enabled student devices: 204 and 207.”

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ANOTO AB, Anders Sjögren, EP2813918, Publication date December 17, 2014

The invention relates to an electronic pen and, specifically to power management of the electronic pen.
EN) An electronic pen (100) comprises a position sensing mechanism (120) for acquiring position data indicative of a position of a pen tip (110) of the electronic pen (100) in relation to a surface (102); a capacitive touch sensor (180), which is arranged to detect when the electronic pen (100) is grabbed by a user; and a processor (162), which is arranged to receive a signal from the capacitive touch sensor (180) indicative of a user grabbing the electronic pen (100) and, in response to receipt of the signal, to bring the position sensing mechanism (120) to a pre-active mode, wherein the position sensing mechanism (120) is ready to start acquiring position data.

[0024] The electronic pen 100 may comprise an image sensor for detecting the position-coding pattern 108. The pattern may be optically readable and the image sensor is thus optical. The electronic pen 100 may further comprise an optical module for forming an image of the position-coding pattern 108 on the image sensor. The position of the electronic pen 100 may then be determined by decoding the imaged portion of the position-coding pattern 108. The decoding may be performed by an analyzing unit 130 receiving position data from the position sensing mechanism 120. Examples of position-coding patterns are provided in US 5,221,833; US 5,477,012; US 5,652,412; WO 00/73983; WO 01/26032; WO 01/71643; US 6,330,976; and US 7,263,224.


Rymarz Paul, LEAPFROG Enterprises Inc, US08599143., Publication date December 3, 2013

SWITCH CONFIGURATION FOR DETECTING WRITING PRESSURE IN A WRITING DEVICE

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An apparatus for detecting writing pressure is comprised of a carrier. A mode selection device coupled to the carrier is operable to select writing modes. A switch coupled to the carrier is operable to move between a first state and a second state in response to writing pressure coupled to the switch. An actuator coupled to the carrier is configured to actuate the switch in response to pressure applied to the actuator in response to writing.

The surface 70 may be a sheet a paper, although the present invention is not so limited. In one embodiment, a pattern of markings is printed on surface 70. The end of interactive writing device 150 that holds optical emitter 44 and optical detector 42 is placed against or near surface 70. As interactive writing device 150 is moved relative to the surface 70, the pattern of markings are read and recorded by optical emitter 44 and optical detector 42. In one embodiment, the markings on surface 70 are used to determine the position of interactive writing device 150 relative to surface. In another embodiment, the markings on surface 70 are used to encode information. The captured images of surface 70 can be analyzed (processed) by interactive writing device 150 to decode the markings and recover the encoded information [break] Additional descriptions regarding surface markings for encoding information and the reading/recording of such markings by electronic devices can be found in the following patents and patent applications that are assigned to Anoto and that are all herein incorporated by reference in their entirety: U.S. Pat. No. 6,502,756, U.S. application Ser. No. 10/179,966, filed on Jun. 26, 2002, WO 01/95559, WO 01/71473, WO 01/75723, WO 01/26032, WO 01/75780, WO 01/01670, WO 01/75773, WO 01/71475, WO 10 00/73983, and WO 01116691.


LIVESCRIBE INC. (Edgecomb Tracy L., Van Schaack Andrew J., Fenwick & West LLP), Publication date April 24, 2014

Customer authoring tools for creating user-generated content for smart pen applications

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In a pen-based computing system, a user-specific smart pen application is created from a template application using customer authoring tools. The template application contains computer program code that is to be executed by a processor of a smart pen. Application content and a representation for printed content are received. The application content, provided by user or customer, defines functional interactions between the printed content representation and a smart pen. The template application is combined with application content to generate a user-specific application comprising instructions for being executed on a processor of a smart pen. The user-specific application is stored on a storage medium


APPLE INC. (Cupertino, CA)

“In one embodiment, an electronic pen such as an Anoto.TM. Pen may be used to interact with the collaboration system. Anoto pens use special pads of paper and optical recognition to determine where the pen is on a piece of paper and stream coordinates (wirelessly or via a USB cable) using a proprietary format. Software on the computer receives the coordinates and translates the pen motion into text or graphics.”

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“Digital pens such as Anoto pens have an ID associated with them that may be recognized by the large digital surface. Upon invocation, the large digital surface will draw a separate menu for each pen individually. Hence, multiple users may interact with the large digital surface simultaneously. Due to the adaptive placement (use of vectors to orient the menus), the menu will be oriented towards the user independent of the user’s position around the large digital surface. Each pie menu stores its user’s specific settings and, when the user invokes the menu, the menu will be drawn using these stored values.”

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