Pen and paper is still one of the best methods of capturing information. Digital pen and paper captures what you’ve written, electronically.
A digital pen looks, feels, and writes like a normal ballpoint pen. However, it contains some sophisticated electronics – an infra-red digital camera, an advanced image microprocessor and a mobile communications device for wireless connection. When you write with a digital pen on a digital paper form, the pen’s camera automatically takes digital snapshots of what you are writing. This data is recorded, stored and then transferred for processing.
Digital paper forms can be printed onto standard paper using a desktop Postscript laser printer for smaller volumes, or through a certified commercial printer for larger volumes. The digital paper forms are printed with a very fine pattern of dots which act as co-ordinates on the page. Almost invisible to the naked eye, the dot pattern can be picked up by the digital pen. The dot pattern provides the exact position of the digital pen as it moves across the surface of the paper.
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The data collected by the digital pen can be uploaded by docking it with a PC, using a USB port docking device, and specialist routing software loaded onto the PC. The pen data is sent to the backend server for processing. An image of the form is created and the data from the Hand Writing Recognition (HWR) process is produced.
An alternative method for uploading the data from the digital pen is to use a paired mobile enabled device as a router such as an iPhone, IPad, or Android phone/tablet. The data is transferred from the digital pen to the mobile phone and then routed onwards. In these cases you can also send GPS co-ordinates, attach photos to the form for processing by the backend server, and feedback key fields to the handset for review of HWR accuracy to progress a forms workflow.