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Specifically, they need to capture notes, sketches, and documents; work with databases; and look up information instantly. They need a brain extender, a true information appliance.
I call it an info pad. That's the product I want someone to build. It's larger than a handheld and smaller than a tablet PC. About the size and thickness of a steno pad. It has a touch-sensitive screen on the front, and very few buttons. You write on the screen and it captures your notes and drawings.
It's as much like writing on a pad of paper as possible, because the thing you're replacing is the paper notepad or journal that students and knowledge workers carry with them all the time. When I say "ink" I mean literally ink — put pixels exactly where the user touches the pen.
Tablet PC converts pen strokes to quadratic b-splines, which is mathspeak for curved lines.
That process subtly changes the letter forms, smoothing and altering them. It uses a lot of computing power meaning it needs a faster processor and bigger batteriesand it seems to introduce a slight delay to the interface. You feel like you're using the stylus to push lines around on the screen rather than just writing and forgetting about the computer.
I know some people like it, but I found it maddening. One of the most important features of the info pad is something it doesn't do: Most of the note-taking devices that companies have tried to make over the years, from Newton to Tablet PC, make on-screen handwriting recognition a marquee feature.
Your handwriting turns into printed text. That's a logical feature to pursue if you're an engineer; character recognition is an elegant way to bridge the gap between human and computer.
It frees us from the tyranny of the keyboard. The only problem is, it doesn't work. Or maybe a better way to put it would be, it almost works.
It's just good enough to get people to try it, creating the expectation that it'll be as foolproof as using a keyboard. But then a few words get garbled, you start going back and trying to correct things, and suddenly you're spending more time managing the device than doing your work.
The purpose of our device is to let you capture your own ideas and information, so you can refer back to it later. In this context, character recognition is useless.
You can read your own handwriting. Just capture ink, do a great job of making that effortless, and punt the rest. You may not get written up in Scientific American, but you'll sell a heck of a lot more product.
Okay, so now we're writing on the screen. We've replaced two incredibly useful and inexpensive tools, pen and paper, with something more expensive and less flexible.Officers.
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