Electronic pen has yet to make its mark [International Herald Tribune]

A few years ago, a wireless “digital pen” developed by the Swedish start-up Anoto Group was poised for a splash. Leveraging scanning technology and assisted by “smart” paper, the trumped-up ball-point pen technology was designed to capture handwriting and convert it for use on digital devices.

But instead of finding a healthy demand among wireless consumers, the company has failed to establish any strong market for its unique technology.

Now, eight years after its founding, Anoto finds itself re-focusing on enterprise markets: automating traditional paper-based work in industrial settings like hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and package-delivery systems, where workers routinely process paper forms.

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