Vendors Tout Digital Pen-to-Paper Input Technology

STOCKHOLM (04/07/2000) - Anoto AB, L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co. and Time Manager International A/S officials yesterday at a press event in London unveiled what they billed as the input technology of the future. The digital pen-and-paper combination uses Bluetooth wireless technology to send a digital copy of whatever is scribbled down to mobile phones or wireline devices such as PCs which then can transmit the information over the Internet.

Combining Anoto's digital pen and proprietary grid-pattern paper, provided by Hillerød, Denmark-based Time Manager International, with Ericsson's Bluetooth technology, the vendors aim to create a new standard for using the digital pen-and-paper combination for wireless input into devices ranging from mobile phone handsets and personal digital assistants to personal computers. The devices can then be used to manipulate or transmit the information over the Internet, the companies said in a joint statement.

The first products based on the new technology are scheduled for release by the middle of 2001, the companies said.

The technology is based on the use of a digital pen that takes digital snapshots of anything that the user chooses to write down on paper featuring a proprietary grid pattern. Featuring a Bluetooth transceiver from Ericsson, the pen can then interact with various other Bluetooth-equipped devices, the companies said.

Anoto is a Lund, Sweden-based subsidiary of C Technologies AB that was formed last year and counts mobile phone and network equipment supplier Ericsson among its investors. Time Manager International is Anoto's first licensee for the grid-pattern paper, which it also plans to offer to other paper suppliers.

Anoto, in Lund, Sweden, can be reached at +46-46-286-5850, or via the Web at http://www.anato.com/. Ericsson, in Stockholm, is at +46-8-719-0000, or at http://www.ericsson.com/. Time Manager International, in Hillerød, Denmark, is at +45-48-225-000, or at http://www.tmiworld.com/.

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