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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)

The pictures are found here (source link)

Best regards CESI

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.”

 

 

hp pic

 

“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.”

Read more (reference source link here)

INKWRX™ is the product name and trading name for Destiny Wireless Limited. Founded in 2002, Destiny became a subsidiary of Anoto Group AB in August 2011. The INKWRX™ management team has more than thirty years of experience in mobile communications, telematics and data capture technologies, with an in-depth understanding of how new technology can be deployed for greater business efficiency.

Our commitment to quality throughout our processes is reflected in our ISO 9001 certification which has been held since 2006. We are also IGSOC (Information Governance Statement of Compliance) accredited which means we have met all the NHS network security criteria so we can send data via the secure N3 connection into the NHS.

Destiny Wireless launch major rebrand with new company name

Destiny Wireless, which has been at the forefront of mobile data capture for over twelve years, has recently completed a comprehensive brand review and today launches its new brand identity and website to support its growth as a market leader in digital data capture solutions.

The new brand name for the company is INKWRX™. The INKWRX™ platform, an innovative cloud based data capture platform, allows you to design, manage and publish your own business e- forms which can then be completed using a tablet device or digital pen.

The new website www.inkwrx.com has been designed to communicate with current and prospective clients and to drive sales with channel partners and re-sellers.  The look of the new website has been created through a collaborative approach between the company, their partners and their design agency – Russ James Design. “We wanted the new INKWRX™ website to look refreshed and colourful with a new visual identity which focuses on the product and what it does for organisations” commented Russ James.

The new INKWRX™ platform helps businesses to “Go Paperless or Paper-lite”. Businesses can capture the data they need out in the field  with a tablet device or digital pen and transmit it to head office in real-time, typically cutting down the average processing time from 10 days to under 10 minutes.

Commenting Edward Belgeonne of INKWRX™ said; “we feel that with the launch of our new INKWRX™ platform, coupled with the development of our own INKWRX™ tablet app, now is the right time to re-brand and expand our business via channel partners. The digital data capture market is evolving and we need to evolve with it in order to meet the demands of our customers.”

 

Now, it appears that the marketing of the Destiny / INKWRX / Anoto business is gearing up…

January 15, 2016 (The Anoto pen and the dot pattern form highlighted at t=53 s):

January 15, 2016 (The Anoto pen and the dot pattern form is highlighted at t= 54 s)

January 15, 2016 (The Anoto pen and the dot pattern form is highlighted at t= 51 s)

January 15, 2016 (The Anoto pen and the dot pattern form is highlighted at t= 50 s)

January 11, 2016 More about Destiny Wireless 

Feedback quote:

“Our engineers love the evolution from the digital pen to the tablet; they have requested this for some time and all feel they have got something which has been implemented to assist them in their job. The most important element for us when using the tablet devices is saving time both in the office and in the field.”

Mel Brown, Managing Director at Executive Installations

Read the full executive installation here: http://www.inkwrx.com/user/executive-installations/

Interestingly, in the bottom of the homepage a number of well known companies logos are depicted (e. g. ABB)

http://www.inkwrx.com/

Within the healthcare business segment, Inkwrx has also published an interview with Derbyshire Healthcare (2015):

Potentially, this is the most interesting video in terms of gaining insights in the (destiny / Anoto) digital pen impact and importance (2015):

Obviously, despite the “destiny tag on the pen”, this pen is also based on Anoto technology…

http://www.destinywireless.com.au/how-pen-works

In conclusion, Anoto AB have positioned themselves within a number of pen and screen market segments. The most interesting is potentially Wall based solutions. Recently, the Head of Design at We-Inspire, Jacob Leitner, posted something that could be defined as a teaser for “what´s about to come”. However, this market segment will not be included in this blog post. Stay tuned…

Leitner

(The picture is a hyperlink to the youtube source – Anoto, the power to capture it all)

We-inspire homepage:  https://we-inspire.com/

Best regards, CESI

The author, Cutting Edge Science Invest, is a long term Anoto share holder. Cutting Edge Science Invest can not guarantee, or take into accountability, the content of truth and accuracy of the information in this article/post. Thus, Cutting Edge Science Invest requires that a possible reader gather complimentary information if any type of investment in the company described above is considered. Cutting Edge Science Invest provides personally biased information and at best also “general information and opinions”. The article/post does not contain professional investment advice. 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.inkwrx.com/

Yesterday, CESI was delighted to encounter yet another HP patent. You could argue that one patent would be sufficient to prove that HP bets on the Anoto AB technology. Today, it seems like HP has produced two

First patent:

https://cuttingedgescienceinvest.com/2015/07/06/anoto-ab-in-recent-patent-applications-a-cesi-compilation/

Now, yet another patent application has been announced:

hp1 intro

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):

hp4

New HP patent (announced yesterday):

https://patentscope.wipo.int/search//en/detailPdf.jsf?ia=US2014046885&docIdPdf=id00000032072454&parSeparator1=&name=WO2016010534A+DIFFUSIVE+EMISSIVE+DISPLAY&parSeparator2=&woNum=WO2016010534&prevRecNum=2&nextRecNum=4&recNum=2&queryString=ALL%3A%28dot-pattern%29&office=&sortOption=Pub+Date+Desc&prevFilter=&maxRec=205637

 

hp1

hp2

hp1

hp3

HP dot

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

hp5

Conclusion: CESI expects an Anoto AB update very very soon.

 

Best regards, CESI

The author, Cutting Edge Science Invest, is a long term Anoto share holder. Cutting Edge Science Invest can not guarantee, or take into accountability, the content of truth and accuracy of the information in this article/post.Thus, Cutting Edge Science Invest requires that a possible reader gather complimentary information if any type of investment in the company described above is considered. Cutting Edge Science Invest provides personally biased information and at best also “general information and opinions”. The article/post does not contain professional investment advice. Discaimer to boss: This blog post was produced during today´s coffe break

 

 

 

According to Anoto AB, no further capital demand is demanded the fourthcoming 12 months (reference sourcelink in Swedish here):

Anoto capital

Recently, insider purchases in Anoto AB has been reported:

http://bors.affarsvarlden.se/afvbors.sv/site/stock/stock_detail.page?magic=(cc%20(tsid%2042949)%20(detail%20(tab%20insiders)))

Redeye analyst Viktor Westman comments:

“With the new average cost per share of SEK 3.9 an increase in the share price of over 200 percent is needed in order to reach break-even and it now appears as if Revelsby believes that this is doable. Revelsby’s subscription for 600 000 shares should therefore mean a positive effect on the share at opening on Monday. Together with the purchase of 450 000 shares from Anoto’s chairman in November 11, Revelsby’s move also marks a long-awaited shift in the insider transactions in Anoto.”

Source link:

http://www.redeye.se/analys/today/more-skin-game-anotos-management

CESI is confident that clues are to be found in a number of recent verbal statements by the CEO Stein Revelsby. A few are found in the interview attached below (In Swedish)…

http://www.redeye.se/webcast/intervju-med-anotos-vd-stein-revelsby-pa-smabolagsdagen-2015

…and other interesting written statements are found in the Q3 report (partially) attached in blue font below. Miscellaneous CESI comments are also inserted below (bold blue, red and plain black font).

These statements strongly indicates an improved near future Q4 report. 

“Comments from the CEO

MULTI SURFACE PRECISION PEN INPUT

Revenues in the second quarter were 55 MSEK compared to 27 MSEK in Q3 2015. Gross margin was 37% compared to 65% in Q3 2014. The lower gross margin was due to a combination of lower software sales in the quarter in Enterprise Solutions and larger sales of hardware to our partners in Korea within education. We expect the gross margin to normalize around 50% in the coming quarters. Operating expenses in the quarter were 48 MSEK compared to 35 MSEK in the same quarter last year. As previously announced the higher operating expenses in 2015 are related to product development with HP,Ink., research and testing of new micro dot thin film solutions for large displays and the development of Anoto LiveTM Services. The combined result of these efforts is a broader portfolio of products that we are now preparing to ship in the coming quarters and a back-end infrastructure for the support of partners and resellers. We are about to realize the vision of a universal platform to enable precision pen input on paper, displays and walls, -from small sticky notes to 24 foot size walls as well as small to ultra-large displays. The advantages of having a single pen technology that works on multiple surfaces are many. The ability to combine paper, displays and walls opens for totally new user experiences, more flexibility and creative freedom, as well as better control of content and data. For manufacturers it means lower overall manufacturing costs and synergies between devices but most importantly better pen performance. We expanded the management team in Q3 with the hiring of senior managers within product management, marketing and sales and to get a stronger presence in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area. Key priorities in the quarter was to work on the overall positioning of a broader product portfolio that now includes products and applications for digital signatures and document data capture, solutions for professional collaboration, brainstorming and project management, precision pen input on small and large displays, as well as hybrid solutions for the combination of digital pens, paper and mobile devices. During the quarter we initiated contact with new potential OEM customers and signed up new distributors and resellers in the US, Germany and France. We tested out a range of new large displays and planned for segmentation of the portfolio into application areas; professional collaboration solutions, architects, design and creatives. We finalized the development of Anoto LiveTM Pen 2 Professional and prepared for mass production of 30,000 pens for the delivery to a large financial services company in Japan in Q4. Our increased working capital need was financed through a 40 MSEK private placement of shares in the third quarter and we also closed the acquisition of XMS Penvision, an innovative Swedish software company specializing in digital writing solutions. The acquisition of XMS Penvision gives us a larger portion of the value chain, flexibility in pricing and a product suitable for sale through larger resellers, as well as a highly competent team that complements our own in-house software development.

OUTLOOK

After a long period of negotiations in parallel with product and business development we finally signed a Technology Licensing Agreement with HP, Inc. on November 5 th . We are very excited about this new partnership and believe HP is the ideal partner to help realize our vision about a universal digital writing platform that embraces user cases across all industries. The agreement contains certain exclusivity rights for HP within product segments for Workstations, a product segment where HP has a dominant market share. The exclusivity is subject to certain conditions including a minimum purchase of products from Anoto over a 4 year period. It is difficult to estimate the future revenue deriving from the agreement, but we expect the agreement to have a significant positive impact on Anoto`s business in the coming years. On November 5 th Anoto signed a share purchase agreement to acquire Livescribe Inc., Anoto partner since 2007, with it’s headquarter in the San Francisco Bay area. The purchase price shall be paid in cash and is based upon an enterprise value of 15 MUSD equal to estimated sales for 2015. On closing, which is expected to take place on November 30, Livescribe will be debt free. The acquisition is another step in consolidating the Anoto ecosystem and to realize synergies in hardware and software development, supply chain and operations, as well as to give Anoto access to additional market channels for online sales and retail distribution. We are working on a new range of products to be launched in Livescribe sales channels in 2016.

Livescribe employs 45 full time employees and contractors, and offers the leading personal mobile companion and application to integrate handwriting into mobile devices. Livescribe allows customers to continue using pen and paper to take both structured and unstructured notes yet instantly make them useful with their favorite applications as they digitize in real-time. Based upon a strong order back log with our partners in Korea and China and large publishing companies within education, as well as the enterprise order in Japan and the planned delivery of 29,000 pens to a large financial services company in Japan we expect continued strong revenue growth in Q4. We expect the strong growth to continue in 2016 with the expected commercial launch of products with HP, the commercial launch of large displays, the addition of new distributors and resellers for We-Inspire, partnering with The Foundry as well as the acquisition of Livescribe. We expect gross margin to normalize around 50%

ANOTO ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS

Anoto Enterprise Solutions focuses on systems, products and services that target businesses, primarily in the field of forms processing, document management and signature capture. The offering is Pen Solutions which includes solutions for creating a form in digital format, digital processing of handwritten forms and automatic generation of a digital version of a document with handwritten signatures and notes. Anoto has an indirect business model and markets its products through partners, such as system integrators, software developers and IT consulting firms, all of which offer customized solutions with Anoto technology to their customers.

Sales within Enterprise Solutions were MSEK 19 in the third quarter, following 18 MSEK in the second quarter, compared to 31 MSEK in the first quarter when we closed the 11 MSEK sales to Wales Ambulance Trust in the UK. We expect a strong Q4 subject to the delivery of the 37 MSEK order to a large financial services customer in Japan in December. The variance in revenues from quarter to quarter reflects the lack of capacity in sales and delivery and our need to strengthen the partner network. The large deals that we have won within Enterprise Solutions in the UK, Germany, Turkey and Japan lately shows clearly the value that we offer to customers and their need for solutions to close the digital transformation gap that exists. With the recent management hires in product management, sales and marketing we are working on positioning Anoto Enterprise Solutions together with the other business areas within Anoto for a better alignment with the IT industry in general and a more focused partner strategy.


A CESI comment: The Swedish Redeye group speculates that the Japanese customer is Japan Post:

“We know that the record deal in Japan of SEK 37 million was due to a procurement and we also know from CEO statements that it was made with one of the world’s largest financial institutions. Hence we would be surprised if the Japan deal was not a deal with Japan Post, one of Japan’s biggest companies and the largest IPO in 2015 (please note that this is pure speculation).”

http://www.redeye.se/analys/today/anoto-ladies-and-gentlemen-fasten-your-seatbelts


[Q3 interim report continued…]

We want to utilize synergies and the increased awareness we get from new partnerships around a single pen for multiple surfaces and applications for enterprise, SMB and consumers to cover all areas of digital writing; digital signatures, data capture, collaboration, design and creative.

Anoto UK: Q3 was dominated by the successful roll out of 1,700 pens across the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust (WAST). This deployment was carried out across a very large geography to very tight timescales and was a testament to the professionalism and dedication of our delivery team in partnership with Welsh Ambulance IT that this was achieved on time and on budget. This has been widely publicised both within Welsh Government and across the broader UK ambulance community.


CESI comments: Further reading are available here:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/welsh-ambulance-services-nhs-trust-deploy-anoto-digital-gittens

http://www.anoto.com/investors/corporate-news/?lang=english&messageId=806788


 

Planning for expansion of the Anoto solution within WAST has already started, with Phase 2 and Phase 3 projects being scoped. Introductions to other senior people within other ambulance services is also planned. Outside of Healthcare we are ramping up activity in identifying larger commercial opportunities and have begun promising discussions with larger “eco system” partners such as OpenText and Salesforce.


CESI comments: The Anoto Creative explanation of “the eco system” for the creative industry:


[Q3 interim report continued…]

Japan: In August a large financial services company in Japan granted a contract to Anoto and its consortium partners for the rollout of 29.000 Anoto Live PenTM 2 Pro with digital writing software. Anoto’s part of the contract is 37 MSEK and is planned to be delivered in December of this year. The customer’s sales force will use Anoto digital pen and paper as an integral part of their new insurance policy sales process. The Anoto digital pens, which will be used to fill in medical and personal information as well as the personal signature, are equipped with a camera for recording personal identification of customers for regulatory compliance. By using this solution, the customer will improve internal process handling by eliminating scanning and re-keying of contracts and will minimize paper consumption.

Sweden: partner Phoniro further expanded their market presence in the Swedish home care market with their quarterly commitment.


CESI comments regarding Phoniro. More info here:

http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2014/04/25/629933/0/sv/Phoniros-H%C3%A4lsodagbok-och-Anotos-digitala-skrivteknik-m%C3%B6jligg%C3%B6r-realtids%C3%B6verf%C3%B6ring-av-data-fr%C3%A5n-patientens-hem-till-sjukhuset.html?print=1


[Q3 interim report continued…]

In July Anoto announced the acquisition of XMS Penvision AB. Established in 1996, XMS Penvision is an innovative Swedish software company specializing in digital writing solutions. Its core product Formidable is marketed through a global network of partners who add value to the platform through a consultative approach with customers seeking a business solution. Formidable is the foundation for Anoto Live Forms, an Anoto Enterprise Solutions application for signatures, document and mobile data capture.


CESI comments: Interestingly, as observed in this video…

…HP was previously involved with Penvision (see t= 3.12 min). CESI speculates that the Anoto AB acquisition of XMS Penvision was urged by HP during the HP-Anoto AB negotiations.


[Q3 interim report, Penvision paragraph continued…]

The company has 10 employees and 2014 revenues were 13 MSEK. The acquisition of XMS Penvision gives Anoto a larger portion of the value chain, flexibility in pricing and a product suitable for sale through larger resellers, as well as a highly competent team that complements our own in-house software development.

South Africa: Lewis, expanded the use of digital pens with 1.500 additional users, based on our partner Objectif Lune’s platform Planet Press Capture. Lewis is South Africa’s single largest furniture brand which sells a range of household furniture, electrical appliances and home electronics.


CESI comments: Interestingly,  there also seems to be other ongoing activities within emerging South African educational technology / interactive white board industry…

Founded in 2012, Eduworks has created ground-breaking, classroom-friendly and learner-centric products that will be transforming the lives of Teachers, Students, Schools and Society.

Eduworks was founded with a vision to promote and boost Mathematics and Science in Schools. By keep the need of South African Education system in mind, Eduworks and HCL Learning did the brainstorming for 3 years and came up with solution- “Digischool”.

Eduworks is a highly innovative and technology driven company revolutionizing the education system in South Africa, dedicated to provide best solutions to the Teachers and Learners. The company is designed to boost the education sector that make learning and teaching easier, more fun, and more effective.

Eduworks is utilizing Anoto AB technology

http://www.eduworks.co.za/products/interactive-whiteboard/

and also via Tstudy as the Symphony pen is also based on the Anoto AB grid pattern (see SOLiD edu link under the Kyowon paragraph below):

http://www.eduworks.co.za/symphony/


[Q3 interim report continued…]

India: we signed a new partnership for the education market which will result in pen and license revenue in Q4 for Anoto. Our partner Trata has started to roll-out our technology into the healthcare market and we expect larger volume roll-out in the coming 6 months.

Korea: our partner ISU Systems extended the partnership and have committed to expand their market presence in the Korean B2B market.

TECHNOLOGY LICENSING (OEM SALES)

Customers within Technology Licensing develop and sell products based on our intellectual property, software, and digital pen products. For many years, Anoto has licensed its technologies to providers of interactive classroom solutions as well as learning aids for children. Productivity tools, such as for note-taking and meeting productivity, are also long-established products in our Technology Licensing segment. Recently, Anoto has established two new application areas through partners: voting solutions and digital design automation. Voting solutions are based on our traditional digital paper technology, while digital design automation solutions help animators and designers unleash the creative power of digital writing with interactive touch displays. Net sales during the quarter were MSEK 35, which is MSEK 26 above the same period last year.

HP

After a long period of negotiations in parallel with product and business development we finally signed a Technology Licensing Agreement with HP on November 5 th . The parties have agreed not to disclose product details or product launch dates at this point in time. The agreement contains certain exclusivity rights for HP within product segments for Workstations, a product segment where HP has a global market share of approximately 50%. The exclusivity is subject to a minimum purchase of products from Anoto over a 4 year period and will, if realized, have a significant positive impact on Anoto`s business in the coming years.

Large Format Displays

Together with partner Optika Display, a subsidiary of Stratacache in the US, we announced the Collaborate 65UHD, a 65- inch large format, 4K LCD collaboration device in Q2. The product won the award for Best Personal Workspace for Creatives at InfoComm in Orlando, US among 950 exhibitors and 40,000 professionals from 100 countries. During Q3 Optika Display (www.optikadisplay.com) has been working on the configuration and testing of the product and preparing for commercial roll-out in close cooperation with its partner Avnet, one of the world`s largest distributors of computer products. Collaborate 65UHD combines the most advanced touch glass and active stylus technology available with worldclass 4K LCD technology.


CESI comments: Videos from InfoComm:

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[Q3 interim report continued…]

In addition to its partnership with Optika Display Anoto expanded its management team in Q3 with the hiring of senior managers within product management, marketing and sales and started to develop a go-to-market strategy including partnerships with ISV’s, distributors and resellers. We expect a large market opportunity to materialize in the coming months when businesses want to replace AV projectors in corporate board rooms, meeting rooms and classrooms with large format displays as well as other initiatives like the introduction of Microsoft Surface Hub. Our initial market focus will be with customers and partners in creative industries and product design that will benefit from having precision pen input on larger surfaces. During Q3 we initiated contact with new partners and evaluated options to broaden the product portfolio with products in size range 40”-55”.

TStudy We delivered 70,000 pens to partner Pen Generations, Inc. in Q3. Pen Generations did not manage to deliver the pens to customer TStudy China within the quarter and therefore Anoto did not book the profit margin on these pens in Q3. The profit margin, 3 MSEK, will be booked when the pens are delivered to the end customer. In July Anoto signed an amendment to the exclusivity agreement with TStudy Cina Co Ltd. The amendment is an extension to the agreement that was signed on August 20, 2013. The exclusive distribution agreement is for 5 years subject to TStudy purchase of a minimum of 2 million pens over the exclusivity period. The exclusivity does not include applications within voting, census and people registration nor products sold by Anoto’s large global OEM partners.


Info about Tstudy here:


[Q3 interim report continued…]

Kyowon

We delivered 30,000 pens to Kyowon via Anoto partners SOLiDEdu, Inc. and Pen Generations, Inc. in Korea in Q3. The application is an interactive multimedia education solution, connecting digital pen, paper workbooks and tablets, which allows for more efficient learning and better individual progress.


 

More CESI info about SOLiDEdu, Inc here:

https://cuttingedgescienceinvest.com/2015/12/13/anotosolidnetboardsymphony/


[Q3 interim report continued…]

We-Inspire New distributors and resellers were engaged in the quarter in Germany, Singapore and Scandinavia. MSD (the company known as Merck & Co. Inc. in the US) expanded their We-Inspire installations to three locations, with Singapore as their latest addition, to previous Czech Republic and US. Our successful collaboration with this multinational corporation resulted in an invitation for Anoto to a large corporate event (Tech Symposium) taking place in Europe (Prague) and US (Branchburg) simultaneously. Key suppliers were invited to show their solutions in the event. MSD staff from all over the world were able to see and try out the We-Inspire solution live in both locations. Sales into higher education continued to grow with expanded use by the California State University system to now include a three projector solution at California State University, Monterey Bay. Together with The Foundry, (www.thefoundry.co.uk), a leading software provider for animation studios, gaming studios, artists, designers and creative professionals Anoto engaged with leading Hollywood studios and went through successful testing during Q3. The solution “FLIX Wall” is combining FLIX, The Foundry’s software for collaborative visual story development with Anoto’s digital tools. The solution was shown for the first time at Siggraph 2015, Los Angeles in August.


CESI comments: More info about the FLIX wall and the Foundry is found here:

Compare the music in this Anoto/Livescribe link…

…with the “HP” music in this link…

Why do the companies play exactly the same song? A coincidence?Nevermind, it´s kind of excellent…


[Q3 interim report continued…]

Livescribe

On November 5 th Anoto signed a share purchase agreement to acquire Livescribe Inc., Anoto partner since 2007, with its headquarter in the San Francisco Bay area. The acquisition is another step in consolidating the Anoto ecosystem and to realize synergies in hardware and software development, supply chain and operations, as well as to give Anoto access to additional market channels for online sales and retail distribution. Livescribe has invested significant amounts in marketing and product development since 2007 and has not yet been profitable. In the last 12 months they have reduced operating expenses and headcount significantly. Anoto considers the timing of the acquisition to be good and the risk related to integrating the business with Anoto to be low. We are working on a new range of products with a significant revenue potential to be launched in Livescribe sales channels in 2016. Livescribe employs 45 full time employees and contractors, and offers the leading personal mobile companion and application to integrate handwriting into mobile devices. Livescribe allows customers to continue using pen and paper to take both structured and unstructured notes yet instantly make them useful with their favorite applications as they digitize in real-time. The product portfolio consists of the Echo Smartpen that is positioned as a PC/Mac companion and has built in audio recording and paper replay functionality and the Livescribe 3 Smartpen that is designed to be a mobile companion for smartphones and tablets. Livescribe has a global footprint and generates approximately one third of its revenue outside of the U.S. Livescribe has partnered with providers of leading note-taking, cloud and collaboration solutions such as Microsoft’s OneNote, Evernote, DropBox and Salesforce to ensure that the notes generated with Livescribe simply and easily integrate with these third-party applications. Some examples of use cases are a feature which if enabled automatically imports users’ written notes into Evernote or OneNote or productivity enhancing features enabling imports into Salesforce. The technology can also “bring written words to life”, enabling phone numbers to be dialed with a pen touch to paper or a written address located on mapping applications. Furthermore, APIs are available to enable development of any type of customized applications to take advantage of Livescribe’s capabilities. The Company goes to market via online retailers, traditional retailers as well as a direct-to-consumer channel. The Company has a strong online presence with Amazon and a retail footprint of approximately 2,000 stores. The retail footprint includes Best Buy, Softbank, Sprint and T-Mobile. Currently Livescribe is compatible with iOS and Android. The LS3 was initially launched only on iOS to leverage Bluetooth LE and capture the high end US user base.


CESI: More info about the Livescribe 3 Smart pen (=LS3)

The LS3 has also topped the charts:

http://www.ebay.com/gds/Top-10-Digital-Pens-/10000000204976240/g.html

http://www.houghlawfirm.com/gadget-review-livescribe-3-smartpen/

http://digital-pen-review.toptenreviews.com/

“The Livescribe 3 Smartpen may look and feel like a standard pen, but it does much more. This digital pen converts your handwritten notes and sketches to digital copies and it even captures audio. The Livescribe 3 is the best digital pen and it will change the way you take notes and will help you get organized. It has an outstanding battery life of 14 hours and includes great apps that complement your smartphone, tablet or computer. Together, these characteristics earn it our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award for best smart pen.”

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/8-reasons-why-livescribe-is-the-best-tool-for-taking-digital-notes.html


[Q3 interim report continued…]

Android compatibility, launched in August 2015, has significantly expanded the Company’s target market and use cases while broadening the appeal across price bands. Historically Anoto has a technology licensing agreement with Livescribe and received a royalty of approximately 6% of Net Sales Value based upon Livescribe sales. Post-acquisition Livescribe will be fully integrated with Anoto Group as a wholly owned subsidiary.” [end of Q3 interim report quote]

Further reading:

A CESI patent compilation:

Infact, HP has already patented Anoto technology, read more…

https://cuttingedgescienceinvest.com/2015/07/06/anoto-ab-in-recent-patent-applications-a-cesi-compilation/

CESI in speculation mode:

https://cuttingedgescienceinvest.com/2015/12/16/anotojust-forms-anotocimanotechfoxconn/

Interesting new Anoto AB thread at the tabletpcreview forum…

“Can you imagine Wacom or N-Trig or Lenovo having the basic human consideration of climbing out of their ivory towers to actually communicate to their users like this in such an unguarded and straight manner? It’s a breath of very fresh air after a years-long diet of silence and spin.”

http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/threads/anoto-optical-stylus-tech.68573/

More interesting quotes from the tabletpcreview forum…

“And yes, there has been lots of backslide in terms of development in areas I would have liked to have seen. eInk is really cool, and I am disappointed that it has been dropped so heavily. I was hoping for full-colour reflective displays with super-fast response times to be available.., around now, actually.

PixelQi was going in the right direction. But it died.

But things are not all that bad. Five years ago, there was Wacom or nothing, and Tablet PCs were stagnating. Now there are a lot of options, more than I would have predicted, with a lot of new ones on the horizon.

I sent an email to Anoto the other day asking them to please consider developing their stylus toward a thinner, less awkward design. (Anoto developed the stylus tech for that huge, 21″ Panasonic Toughpad). They responded quickly and briefly, but were extremely polite and positive regarding my comments. I’ve never heard back in such a way from.., anybody in the industry before.

I’m looking forward to seeing what HP produces with their tech. I think they could be a really exciting new player, and I hope there’s some overlap with my interests as an illustrator.”

http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/threads/thoughts-on-pen-computing-in-2015.68321/

Scalable has OEM and marketing partnerships with many top tier projector brands, component suppliers and integrators.  A partial list of partners showing Scalable’s auto-calibration at InfoComm this year include: Anoto , Da-Lite, NEC, Ricoh, Sony and Vivitek.

http://www.scalabledisplay.com/company/news/scalable-display-technologies-announces-infocomm-participation-eight-partners

THE INTERACTIVE WHITBOARD MARKET

Global Stylus Pen for Interactive Whiteboard Market 2015-2019

Obviously, Anoto AB is active within the interactive whiteboard industry (boards with grid-pattern). Therefore, this recently published forecast is very much embraced by the Anoto share holder:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/global-stylus-pen-for-interactive-whiteboard-market-2015-2019-300196703.html

Note: Whiteboards are only one of many Anoto AB business areas…

A few examples of providers of Anoto technology:

http://www.eduworks.co.za/products/interactive-whiteboard/

http://www.casio-intl.com/asia-mea/en/projector/whiteboard/ya_w72m/


 

Washington based Tandem Conglomerate:

“Exporting Korean educational systems across the world”

About Tandem Conglomerate:

Tandem Conglomerate is an Information Technology solutions provider with extensive expertise in a wide range of technical domains. From project management to database design and administration to application integration, we have the skills and experience to help your company reach its IT goals.

Our resources are dedicated and highly motivated. We are committed to making your organization or company more successful. With experience in a variety of industries, from telecommunications to government, and wide-ranging technical expertise, we have what it takes to help you get where you want to be

Thus, the Tandem Conglomerate promotes Anoto AB technology:

http://tandemconglomerate.com/tstudy/

http://tandemconglomerate.com/tstudy/symphony

http://tandemconglomerate.com/tstudy/whiteboard


 

Note taking marrying pen with paper.

An interesting blog post by Brian Friedlander highlighting Livescribe and Evernote:

http://assistivetek.blogspot.com/2015/12/note-taking-marrying-pen-paper-with.html?_sm_au_=iPHNkrrsRstqvTF6


 

Healthcare (another single example…)

According to a National Health Interview Survey, 20.6 million American Adults age 18 and older reported experiencing vision loss. Visions loss refers to individuals who reported that they have trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses, as well as to individuals who reported that they are blind or unable to see at all

American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is the world’s largest nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. Recently, the company announced (and is currently providing) a new product: A modified Livescribe/Anoto AB pen…

“NEW! Interactive U.S. Map with Talking Tactile Pen

1-01150-00 — $259.00 + shipping

Optional Item

Stereo Headphones with Ear Cushions and Volume Control
1-18986-01 — $14.50

The Interactive U.S. Map with Talking Tactile Pen is a fun, dynamic learning tool for accessing information about the 50 states!

The Interactive U.S. Map’s combination of tactile, visual, and audio feedback contributes to a versatile learning experience that allows for independent, self-guided study by visually impaired and blind students and adults, as well as by sighted peers.

The Talking Tactile Pen consists of a non-writing stylus, a tactile Power button, an audio jack, and a micro-USB connector (for recharging the pen after long periods of use). The audio content can be heard through the pen’s tiny speaker, however, standard headphones (headphones sold separately) or external speakers can provide better sound quality for the synthetic speech and sound effects.

The pen serves as a personal “tour guide” that gives the reader information about each location visited on the map via multiple layers of audio recordings. The reader is allowed to “drill down” layer by layer via consecutive pen taps to learn about each state.

17 Pen Layers Include: State name; State abbreviation, State capital; Ten largest cities; Surroundings (land & water); Land area, water area, state water percentage; Highest point (elevation); Major rivers; Population estimate; Statehood year; State nickname; State symbols (bird, flower, tree, and song title); State motto; Famous people; Points of interest; Interesting facts; Spelling of state name

Includes

      • Foldable tactile/large print map of the United States
      • Modified Livescribe™ Echo™ Smartpen with audio content, 3.5mm headphone jack, and mini-USB port
      • USB charging cable
      • Storage pouch for pen and charging cable
      • Carrying box to store components
      • Large print instruction booklet
              • Braille instruction booklet – UEB Compliant

Livescribe™ is a trademark of Livescribe Inc. The Talking Tactile Pen is a modified version of the Livescribe Echo™ smartpen.”

CESI expects that additional specific Anoto pen applications within education and healthcare soon will follow. 

Original link here (scroll down a few posts)


End quote:

This blog post could be defined as an update to the first CESI Anoto blog post:

https://cuttingedgescienceinvest.com/2015/07/12/anoto-an-ongoing-historical-milestone-turnaround-in-the-swedish-micro-cap-stock-market/

A serious near future share prediction for a company like Anoto AB is almost impossible. Insiders have recently purchased Anoto AB above 1 SEK and therefore CESI is ridiculously bullish ahead of 2016. And again, according to the recently published Anoto prospectus: Anoto AB claims no further capital demand from share holders in the fourthcoming 12 months.

Best regards, CESI

The author, Cutting Edge Science Invest, is a long term Anoto share holder. Cutting Edge Science Invest can not guarantee, or take into accountability, the content of truth and accuracy of the information in this article/post.Thus, Cutting Edge Science Invest requires that a possible reader gather complimentary information if any type of investment in the company described above is considered. Cutting Edge Science Invest provides personally biased information and at best also “general information and opinions”. The article/post does not contain professional investment advice. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional CESI disclaimer for this specific blog post: All content in this blog post is based on 100% speculation based on the combination of various links with no formal interconnection. Additionally, the youtube sources cannot be classified as trustworthy. Therefore, the information herein has per definition no formal value!

Tonight, CESI stumbled across a very interesting speculative Placera blog post by alias Rivers regarding potential Anoto and Cima Nanotech business

In the video below, a pen is used and the person is depicting Cima Nanotech (t=48 s)

At this moment CESI was very sceptical due to the fact that no link to Anoto was found. However, as alias Rivers subsequently demonstrates, in the next video below from the same individual (Dashan Wang), we actually encounter a very similar pen and screen and here Anoto is infact stated in the headline (Anoto pen and finger touch 2″)!

Furthermore, even more interesting is the following article (also brilliantly linked and described by alias Rivers):

http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2015/08/will-foxconns-latest-joint-venture-lead-to-new-apple-business.html

“It was announced late yesterday that Cima NanoTech, a developer and manufacturer of transparent conductive film solutions has entered into a joint venture with Foxconn, the world’s largest ICT technology provider and vertically integrated device manufacturer, to deliver the industry’s first cost-competitive, projected capacitive (pro-cap) solution for large format touch screens.

Both companies will sell SANTE ProTouch modules through ‘Cima Touch,’ the company formed under this joint venture. Foxconn’s expertise in the mass production of reliable, high-quality products, coupled with Cima NanoTech’s proprietary SANTE self-assembling nanoparticle technology, delivers a cost-competitive solution for customers looking to shift from infrared (IR) touch technology to pro-cap multi-touch solutions and systems.

The technology is used to manufacture 40 to 104-inch interactive displays for interactive kiosks, tabletops, whiteboards and beyond.

Kevin Chen, a director of Taiwan-based Foxconn, a major supplier to Apple and other electronics brands such as Amazon, said the partnership with Cima NanoTech enables Foxconn to “break new ground and address the rapidly growing large format touch market.”

While Foxconn is Apple’s leading manufacturing partner, they do in fact working with almost every major tech company in the market including HP, Dell, Xiaomi and Microsoft. The likelihood of Foxconn looking to manufacture Microsoft’s new Surface Hub as noted in the graphic above and covered in a January report are high in addition to bringing this technology to their other partners.

Yet with Apple and IBM working together on MobileFirst and rumors of an iPad Pro for the enterprise in the works, you have to wonder if Apple has been in talks with Foxconn over future large touchscreen displays for a product like an interactive whiteboard or future iMac.

While the news of Foxconn’s new joint venture doesn’t link to an Apple product directly today, it could one day lead to new Apple products that use this technology.”

CESI conclusion: To conclude that the Anoto dot pattern technology will become a new global standard overnight simply seems way too blue-eyed and positive (or?!). CESI feels that such (extreme) positivism for an Anoto share holder should be heavily balanced, so: The most negative hypothesized conclusion the author could imagine would be that Apple is separately approaching the large touch screen industry  in a high pace with high quality products. However, even if only Hewlett Packard has adapted the dot pattern technology as a standard in the near future generation (small and large) touch screens, that would be “sufficiently positive for the Anoto share holder CESI”. Infact, this would be very positive! Likewise, CESI gets the feeling that these findings actually could indicate something bigger. Something much bigger. Time will tell.

And here today´s wild speculation should end. But hold on!

CESI also stumbled and performed a automated google translation of the info from this link vi alias Fortuna (Placera).

http://itblog.imarketkorea.com/178

The link source is IMarket Korea IT blog and the automated google translation delivers the following sentences:

justform translation

just forms.PNG

Anoto + Hyundai??

Obviously, those sentences triggers further (still weak) speculation and blue-eyed dreaming…

– Dear alias Rivers and Fortuna, CESI is very grateful for this information. A big thank you!

Additional CESI disclaimer for this specific blog post: All content in this blog post is based on 100% speculation based on the combination of various links with no formal interconnection. Additionally, the youtube sources cannot be classified as trustworthy. Therefore, the information herein has per definition no formal value!

Best regards, CESI,

The author, Cutting Edge Science Invest, is currently an Anoto share holder. Cutting Edge Science Invest can not guarantee, or take into accountability, the content of truth and accuracy of the information in this article/post.Thus, Cutting Edge Science Invest requires that a possible reader gather complimentary information if any type of investment in the company described above is considered. Cutting Edge Science Invest provides personally biased information and at best also “general information and opinions”. The article/post does not contain professional investment advice. 

Recently, CESI had a question regarding a possible Anoto competitor: Solid and the Netboard where “Symphony pens” are higlighted (wrong, see below)…

However, this “Symphony pen” was a sheer 2013 crowdfunded initiative:

https://techinmusiced.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/another-crowd-funded-music-notation-project-symphony-pen/

Today, the StaffPad and the Surface pen seems decent for this specific music application (Microsoft surface series)...

“StaffPad and Surface: the most natural and fluid way to write music digitally”

…and the note depicting procedure is visualized below:

The Surface Pen background:

“The Surface tablets features an active pen that allows users to write directly onto the screen of the tablet. The Surface Pen for the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 used aWacom technology, while the one for the Surface Pro 3 and the Surface 3 features an N-trig active pen. The Surface Pen was specifically designed to minimize latency (lag time), eliminate parallax issues, which occur when the point where the tip touches the screen doesn’t match up with the spot where the ink actually appears on the device, and provide a more natural-feeling ‘pen-on-paper’ user experience. The Surface also features palm rejection which allows the user to rest his or her palm on the screen while using the Surface Pen without triggering an unwanted input.” Reference link, wikipedia

Now, regarding SOLiD and the Netboard. This is Anoto AB technology…

“Pen Generations, Inc. places a new order for digital pens to interactive educational multimedia in Korea

Lund – May 29 th, 2015 – Anoto Group AB (publ), a global leader in digital writing solutions, is pleased to announce that it has received another order for 40,000 digital pens for one of the largest publishing companies in Korea. The net margin on the order is SEK 1.7 million and expected delivery is in second half of 2015.

SOLiDEdu, inc., a subsidiary of SOLiD to provide value added dot-pattern based products and services, has entered into a contract with the customer to convert its learning material into digital workbooks using Anoto’s digital writing technology. The order is via partner Pen Generations, Inc. (www.pengenerations.com) who has specialized in developing products together with leading solution providers to the education industry.

The application is an interactive multimedia education solution, connecting digital pen, paper workbooks and tablets, which allows for more efficient learning and better individual progress.”

The first attached graphic below is a sheer picture (videos are linked after)

netboard anoto.PNG

01 SE NB Introducing NETBOARD

02 SE NB Multi purpose Digital pen

03 SE NB How to make NETBOARD

04 SE NB Product composition

05 SE NB How to setup NETBOARD

06 SE NB The difference of NETBOARD

07 SE NB NETBOARD usage

08 SE NB How to create dot pattern documents

(thx Optiman for making this easier…)

And regarding the “true Symphony pen” in this context…

symphony

…obviously is an Anoto AB pen (and solution)…

And yes, the Livescribe 3 pen is also an Anoto pen…

http://digital-pen-review.toptenreviews.com/

Crystal clear?

Further reading (for dry investors appreciating IP):

https://cuttingedgescienceinvest.com/2015/07/06/anoto-ab-in-recent-patent-applications-a-cesi-compilation/

Best regards, CESI

The author, Cutting Edge Science Invest, is currently an Anoto share holder. Cutting Edge Science Invest can not guarantee, or take into accountability, the content of truth and accuracy of the information in this article/post.Thus, Cutting Edge Science Invest requires that a possible reader gather complimentary information if any type of investment in the company described above is considered. Cutting Edge Science Invest provides personally biased information and at best also “general information and opinions”. The article/post does not contain professional investment advice. 

 

October 11, 2016

#Anoto – In patent domain

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

Applicant: Corning incorporated,

About Corning: Source link

Pantent application Source link

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

Source link (drawings)

Source link (description)

[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

Source link here

Pictures of the pen is available here

[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

Click here for Ventana patent application source link.

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

Source link

“[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: 

Source link here


June 26, 2016

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

Source link here


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

Source link here

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.”

Source link:

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
Sourcelink here

“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.”

Picture link here


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

Source link here

“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.”

Picture source link here


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.”

Source link here

Pictures link here:


#Anoto

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)

The pictures are found here (source link)


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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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

Full patent available here

“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.
Full patent available here

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.”

Full patent available here


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.”

Full patent available here


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.”

Full patent available here


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

PATENT LINK


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

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

PATENT LINK

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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FIGURES LINK


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 .

PATENT LINK

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.

PATENT LINK


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.

PATENT LINK


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

PATENT LINK

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…

PATENT LINK

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”

PATENT LINK

“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.”

PATENT LINK


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

PATENT LINK

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

PATENT LINK

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.”

[…]

“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.”

Best regards, CESI

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Anoto Group AB is a global leader in digital writing solutions, which enables fast and reliable transmission of handwriting into a digital format. Anoto operates worldwide through a global partner network that delivers user-friendly digital writing solutions for efficient capture, transmission, distribution and storage of data. Anoto is currently in use across multiple business segments, e.g. healthcare, banking and finance, transportation and logistics and education. The Anoto Group has around 100 employees and is headquartered in Lund (Sweden). The company also has offices in Basingstoke and Wetherby (UK), Boston (US), Los Angeles (US) and Tokyo (Japan). The Anoto share is traded on the Small Cap list of NASDAQ OMX Stockholm under the ticker ANOT.

In person, the author (CESI) relatively recently attended this Redeye investor forum (Gothenburg, October 16):

http://www.redeye.se/webcast/investor-forum-14-oktober-anoto (VIDEO in Swedish, October 14)

The author CESI appreciated the CEO Stein Revelsby´s presentation and especially the following comments (depicted, edited and translated verbal comments from the link above):

“To be a share holder in Anoto has been equivalent to bad business, but we will not give up until we will deliver a success”

”Panasonic is not a small shit business…”

”in Los Angeles, we have frequent office visits by Dreamworks, Disney och Adobe and there we have positioned ourself amongst all the big players – this would not be possible working in/from Lund”

“We are totally dependent of choosing a partner (company) that has a well established market share. In this case, we only need one customer to secure a 10% market share. If we achieve that, business will be fantastic”.

Some additional interesting CEO comments in the most recent “red number Q3 Quarterly report” (of course, and as always, with a bullish CESI perspective). http://www.anoto.com/media/1546/anoto-quarterly-report-en-q3_14_final.pdf

“Revenues in the third quarter was MSEK 27.1 compared to MSEK 31.3 for the second quarter. Gross margin was 65% compared to 63% in the second quarter. Operating expenses were MSEK 34.7 in the third quarter compared to MSEK 36.8 in the second quarter. EBITDA was MSEK –20.7 compared to MSEK -17.3 in the second quarter. Cash flow for the quarter was MSEK -11.4, including MSEK 3.7 of net payment from the private placement in June/July and MSEK 2.8 from a short term loan in September. The 3rd quarter was another weak quarter with respect to sales for Anoto and we had to ask our shareholders for funding once again. The rights issue is guaranteed to 90% by a consortium of Swedish investors and will provide 68 MSEK in cash before transaction costs and fees to underwriters if fully subscribed. Despite a weak quarter we took another major step towards growth and profitability by developing a successful prototype for one of the world’s largest IT companies. The project is progressing well with the objective to launch a high end digital writing solution for displays in the second half of 2015. This follows a successful product launch with Panasonic which has opened up for new opportunities to become a digital writing platform for display manufacturers who are looking for high precision, easier integration with touch technologies, larger displays and the possibilities to use more than one pen per screen. The negotiations announced on June 19th about divesting our Business Solutions business was terminated in August. The purpose of the proposed transaction was to realize the full potential of the business solutions segment with a strategic partner to enable a stronger marketing and sales presence. However we did not come to agreement on price and decided instead to consolidate all our wholly owned digital paper based business solutions business into a separate business unit, Anoto Enterprise Solutions in the UK. Anoto Enterprise Solutions will continue to support customers in the UK and also Business Solutions partners world-wide. During the 3rd quarter several larger opportunities has evolved within healthcare, banking, insurance and field service in Germany, UK, Turkey and Japan. We continue to focus on costs and we did further adjustments to reduce OPEX in Q3 by deciding to close our office in Holland and move all Business Solutions related activities to the UK. We see further potential to reduce costs in 2015 but we are cautiously aware that we do not want to reduce the upside revenue potential of our business. Once the lease expires we will move the Swedish organization to a new office in Lund from September next year which will reduce the operating expenses.

OUTLOOK

Following Panasonic product launch and now significant interest from some of the world’s largest IT companies Anoto’s strategic direction will shift to capitalize on its unique position as the leading provider of high precision digital writing solutions for small as well as ultra-large screens and the rapidly increasing demand for collaboration solutions. Initial market focus will be on high end market segments where users demand high accuracy, fast and reliable interaction and multiple users per screen. Touch Display Research estimates that active digital pen shipments will surpass 90 million units this year and increase to more than 500 million pens in 2020. By working with some of the world’s leading brands we see a large opportunity to participate in this market. In the short term we expect a significant improvement in revenues in the coming two quarters both within Business Solutions from ongoing projects as well as within our OEM business with customers Livescribe, Smartmatic, Tstudy, Steelcase and others.

 

BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

Business Solutions focuses on systems, products and services that target businesses, primarily in the field of forms processing and data capture. The offering is Pen Solutions which includes solutions for creating a form in digital format, digital processing of handwritten forms and automatic generation of a digital version of a document with handwritten signatures and notes. Anoto has an indirect business model and markets its products through partners, such as system integrators, software developers and IT consulting firms, all of which offer customized solutions with Anoto technology to their customers. Net sales during the period were MSEK 66, which is MSEK 6 below net sales during the same period last year. We shipped approximately 3,000 pens to partners and customers within business solutions in this quarter. The negotiations announced on June 19 about divesting our Business Solutions business was terminated in August. We did not come to agreement on price and decided instead to consolidate all our wholly owned digital paper based business solutions business into a separate business unit, Anoto Enterprise Solutions in the UK. The potential transaction took significant management resources and attention which hurt our business. During the quarter we took immediate measures to reduce OPEX within business solutions by 5 MSEK on an annual basis, including a decision to close our sales office in Holland. Further optimization and cost reductions will be considered for 2015.

EMEA

There were no larger deals in the quarter. The pipeline looks strong for the coming two quarters especially in Germany and the UK. The Nursing Tech Fund 2 is expected to be announced before year end. The successful roll-out of 1,100 pens in combination with iPads to the large bank in Q2 has reached the industry press and more financial institutions are evaluating our solutions.

INDIA

Our business development efforts in India are paying off resulting in the first 100 pens of a roll-out in total of approximately 2,200 pens and Anoto Live Forms in the services sectors.

TECHNOLOGY LICENSING (OEM SALES)

Customers within Technology Licensing develop and sell products based on our intellectual property, software, and digital pen products. For many years, Anoto has licensed its technologies to providers of interactive classroom solutions as well as learning aids for children. Productivity tools, such as for note-taking and meeting productivity, are also long-established products in our Technology Licensing segment. Recently, Anoto has established two new application areas through partners: voting solutions and digital design automation. Voting solutions are based on our traditional digital paper technology, while digital design automation solutions help animators and designers unleash the creative power of digital writing with interactive touch displays.

Net sales during the period were MSEK 23, which is MSEK 7 lower than the same period last year.

In Q3 we delivered 5,000 pens to partner Steelcase for interactive whiteboard solutions and 5,000 pens to Tstudy China. Livescribe sold approximately 45,000 pens in the quarter. No significant deliveries were made to other OEM partners in the quarter. Anoto has ongoing discussions with new partners and has noticed a significant increase in interest for the company’s technology, especially in the wake of the company’s partnership with Panasonic. We invoiced the first Non Refundable Engineering contract for the successful development of a prototype for one of the world’s largest IT companies. The project is progressing well with the objective to launch a high end digital writing solution for displays in the second half of 2015.

C TECHNOLOGIES

C Technologies develops, manufactures and sells C-Pen®, a handheld scanner solution with character recognition software. The C-Pen captures printed information such as text, numbers and codes, decodes the information and transfers it to computers and smartphones. The products are made available through the C-Pen brand and as OEMbranded versions. Net sales during the period were MSEK 6 which is MSEK 1 higher than during the same period last year. The business was downsized during last year. C Technologies continues to sell its products to OEM customers as well as within select retail channels.

RISK FACTORS AND UNCERTAINTIES

At the close of the quarter, the group’s total cash amounted to MSEK 1.9 which is a decrease by MSEK 5.1 compared to year-end of 2013. Anoto’s current working capital is not sufficient for the Company’s needs for the next twelve months. The Company believes that if the Company’s earning capacity is not improved, the capital injection of up to SEK 68 million before costs from the rights issue is not sufficient to cover the estimated capital need. In that case, the Board intends to submit a proposal to issue new shares at a general meeting. Based upon this the Board believes that the financial statements shall be prepared applying the going concern principle*. The Convertible loan issued in June this year will mature at the end of February next year. Should full conversion take place there is a possible cash flow upside of up to 16.3 MSEK

*The going concern principle is the assumption that an entity will remain in business for the foreseeable future. Conversely, this means the entity will not be forced to halt operations and liquidate its assets in the near term at what may be very low fire-sale prices. By making this assumption, the accountant is justified in deferring the recognition of certain expenses until a later period, when the entity will presumably still be in business and using its assets in the most effective manner possible. http://www.accountingtools.com/going-concern-principle

Anoto Digital Pen solution for Education (Mars 29, 2014)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPTYWhFH7f8 (VIDEO)

Anoto Digital Pen solution for Healthcare Industry (Mars 29, 2014)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFNZtCmBPDc (VIDEO)

Anoto Digital Pen solution for Facilities Management (Mars 29, 2014)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SgDq8-Pfp4 (VIDEO)

Anoto Digital Pen solution for Pharmaceutical Industry (Mars 29, 2014)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYWSK-LFSpI (VIDEO)

Two weeks after the Gothenburg visit, the CEO Stein Revelsby presented at Investor forum in Stockholm:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKueuSnqWgE (VIDEO in Swedish, October 29)

…and then again in November 24…

http://www.redeye.se/webcast/technology-seminar-2014-anoto (VIDEO in Swedish, November 24)

ViktorWestman at http://www.redeye.se has recently published a very extensive high quality Anoto analysis:

http://www.redeye.se/analys/today/anoto-smartmatics-war-chest-increases-usd-140-million

In the link attached above, press the big red button for the full english version. It is well worth a read.

CESI concludes with an an Anoto commercial, a few selected full press releases and a few additional links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6-DLge5Hes (VIDEO)

Press releases:

Anoto completes rights issue and secures funding of SEK 61.3m (Nasdaq OMX)

2014-11-13 08:30
Lund, November 13, 2014 — The subscription period in Anoto’s rights issue is now over and the rights issue was subscribed to 90 per cent, equivalent to SEK 61.3m. In the rights issue, 245,000,000 new shares were issued at a subscription price of SEK 0.25 per share, equivalent to SEK 61.3m. Shares for approximately SEK 43.4m have been subscribed for with preferential rights. In addition, shares for approximately SEK 2.9m have been subscribed for without preferential rights. The remaining SEK 14.9m was subscribed for by the underwriters of the rights issue. In total shares corresponding to 90 per cent of the rights issue were subscribed for, corresponding to SEK 61.3m The rights issue has increased the number of shares of Anoto by 245,000,000 shares to 698,353,534 shares. The capital of Anoto has simultaneously increased by SEK 4,900,000 to SEK 13,967,071. Shareholders subscribing with preferential rights have received BTA1 (paid subscription shares). Investors subscribing without preferential rights will receive BTA2 (paid subscription shares). Notice of allotment of shares subscribed for without preferential right will be distributed shortly. “With the funding secured we can now fully focus on the opportunities that lay ahead of us. Our recent deal with T-Systems clearly shows the momentum of our organisation and we are confident to reach new heights in the year to come.” says Stein Revelsby, CEO of Anoto.

T-Systems enhances signature capture solutions for Telekom Shop mbH in Germany with Anoto Live Pen 2 (Nasdaq OMX)

2014-11-06 08:30
Successful, easy and cost-efficient solution migrates to Virtual Desktop environment Lund, Sweden – 6 November 2014: Anoto, the world leader in digital writing technology, today announced that T-Systems has signed a contract to migrate the Group’s 800 Telekom Shops to Anoto’s recently released Live™ Pen 2 and Anoto Live™ software solutions as part of a program to move to a Virtual Desktop environment. Anoto Live™ digital writing solutions are at the core of the mobile plan contract signing and archiving solution at all Telekom Shops in Germany. Paper processes are streamlined and critical data is securely managed, improving efficiency across the enterprise whilst enhancing the customer experience. Customers signing up for service are required to sign contracts that must be securely captured and archived, in addition to supplying the customer with a copy of the agreement. Millions of forms are processed each year. In operation since 2008, Telekom Shop utilizes 5,000 digital pens and Anoto Live™ software solutions to process approximately 6 million pages per annum, and flawlessly handle 14 signatures and 166 views per minute. With Anoto Live™, Telekom customer’s enrolment forms are completed and signatures captured with an Anoto digital pen in the shops which is then transmitted to their data centre. Customer data is processed quickly and efficiently, often taking just minutes from signature to archiving. This solution eliminates scanning and postage costs, guarantees data security and confidentiality, and ensures customer contracts are always correctly signed and dated. The bottom line is that the Anoto digital writing solution has allowed Telekom Shop to cut contract printing by 50%. As part of a program to further streamline the business, the existing virtual working environments at the Telekom Shops are being migrated using most recent Citrix technologies. In order to support this new environment the existing Live Pen 1 software and hardware will also be migrated in order to support the new platform and communications protocols within the Citrix environment. “We are very excited to continue using the successful digital pen technology in our Telekom Shops.” said Dr. Wolfgang Weniger, Vice President Retail Processes and Systems of Telekom Shop Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH “. In addition to the significant cost savings, our employees are able to spend more time with customers and less time processing forms, increasing customer satisfaction. Applying the newest Anoto technology in our operations underlines our frontrunner position with new and innovative products.” “Digital pen technology can make a real difference to the way retail handles data and documents,” said Stein Revelsby, CEO of Anoto. “A highly dynamic operation like Telekom Shops handles a vast amount of documents daily where it is essential to capture and store customer signatures correctly. Many retail and logistics operations have the same requirement. Telekom Shops is a fantastic example of a successful organization which has adopted our technology resulting in dramatic cost savings, increased data security and customer satisfaction. This project confirms our commitment to bring value to our customers with existing and new products and services.”

Anoto Announces Order from Geeks Network (Nasdaq OMX)

2014-10-17 14:09
Lund, Sweden – 17 October 2014. Anoto, a global leader in digital writing solutions, is pleased to announce that it has received an order for a minimum of 1000 Anoto Live™ digital pens and the accompanying Anoto Live™ software from Geeks Network (P) Ltd. The order will be delivered in full before June 30th, 2015. The first shipment has already been made. Based in Chennai (India), Geeks is a rapidly growing young company that focuses on providing “Last Mile Consumer Support” solutions to its customers in the Food & Beverage, Hospitality, Healthcare and Public Services segments. After experimenting with several digital data capture methods, Geeks selected the Anoto solution as they were convinced it was the “best fit” for their particular requirements – from the perspectives of technology, ease of use, and economics. By using Anoto’s technology, Geeks’ analysis services to their customers will dramatically improve with much faster response times. ”Digital pen solutions is a robust alternative for data capture in the field or when there is a need for paper copies of business-critical documents,” said Stein Revelsby, CEO of Anoto. “We are pleased to see that our business development efforts in India that was initiated last year is starting to show results.”­­­ For further information, please contact: Stein Revelsby, CEO Tel. +46 (0)733 45 12 05 Anoto Group AB (publ.) Box 4106 SE-227 22 Lund Tel.: +46 46 540 12 00 http://www.anoto.com

Miscellanuous links:


Updated December 16, 2014: 

The advancing innovations and trends of voting technology

http://e-lected.blogspot.se/2014/11/the-advancing-innovations-and-trends-of.html


Updated December 16, 2014: 

Digital Pen Review

http://digital-pen-review.toptenreviews.com/


Anoto Digital Pen for Panasonic ToughPad 4K – Focus (September 7, 2013, VIDEO)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EHI1UdNLKQ

http://www.redeye.se/analys/report/anoto-redrawing-map-0

https://www.avanza.se/placera/redaktionellt/2014/12/09/potential-i-pyttebolag.html (December 9, in Swedish)

http://www.redeye.se/aktiebloggen/anoto/decenniets-turnaround-0 (December 8, 2014, in Swedish)

http://www.redeye.se/aktiebloggen/anoto/decenniets-turnaround (January 12, 2014, In Swedish)

https://fortune.com/2014/12/08/is-apples-next-product-the-stylus-steve-jobs-said-nobody-wanted/

Anoto – A decent risk reward? Time will tell…

Good luck Anoto!

Best regards, CESI

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