On the edge
Computer in a pen
- By Doug Beizer
- Aug 07, 2008
An electronic pen from Adapx Inc. contains technology
that enables military personnel to transfer
information back and forth from the battlefield
using handwriting or marks on a map rather than
keystrokes on computers.
With the Penx digital pen, warfighters can perform
a number of tasks, such as plotting the positions
of objects and features on maps and sharing
that information with commanders at another
location. The pen can go anywhere military personnel
and a paper map can go.
It like a regular pen, but when writing on Adapx
digital paper, the pen creates digital ink. Digital
paper, which can be used with color printers, has
a watermark of almost imperceptible dots called
an Anoto pattern. A pattern of dots embedded in
the printed document reveals the content of the
writing. As users make notes and annotations,
Penx records the exact movements of the pen and
stores that information in its built-in memory until
uploaded into a Microsoft Windows-based PC.
Capturx for ArcGIS is essential to the pen's performance.
That application's collection process
results in accurate, real-time digital information.
Using the digital data application, warfighters can
print maps containing intelligence gathered via
satellites or unmanned aerial vehicles.Super-size hard drive
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low power by using only three storage platters and
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The F1R incorporates proprietary technologies
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Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Washington Technology.