New Research finds that Digital Writing Improves Attention to Detail and Ability to Learn

   New Research finds that Digital Writing Improves Attention to Detail and
                               Ability to Learn

Data shows that when computing interfaces mimic existing work practices such
as Anoto digital pen and paper, attention, problem solving and memory
retention are improved

PR Newswire

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Aug. 6, 2013

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Aug. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Anoto, the world leader in
digital writing technology, today announced that a new book, The Design of
Future Educational Interfaces (Routledge) summarizes recent studies on how
different types of computer input tools, can substantially undermine or
stimulate people's ability to think accurately. The book, just published in
April, was written by an independent nonprofit organization in the Seattle
area and evaluates how different computer interfaces influence students'

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Studies highlighted in the book show that using a digital pen interface
stimulates people to write more spatial content (diagrams, symbols), compared
with either a keyboard or a non-digital pen. This leads to a 9 – 38 percent
improvement in students' ability to produce ideas, solve problems correctly,
and make accurate inferences about information. The studies involve students
of different ages and ability levels, and include math, science and everyday
reasoning tasks. The research reveals the advantages of using a digital pen as
a "thinking tool" for many computer tasks, compared with traditional
keyboard-and-mouse interfaces.

The book was written by Sharon Oviatt, an international authority on computer
interface design and human cognition. Oviatt says, "Digital pens are able to
support a flow of communication  involving all types of representation,
including diagrams, symbols, numbers and words - and shifting fluidly among
them while we think. With digital pen and paper, the Leonardo da Vinci in all
of us is able to construct spatial content, which is the foundation of human
cognition and a prerequisite for creative work."

The Anoto Live™ pen looks, feels and writes like a normal ballpoint pen.
However, it contains an infrared camera, an advanced image microprocessor and
a mobile communications device for wireless connection. Using a digital pen on
a surface covered with the Anoto Live™ dot pattern, you can capture, store and
then securely send the handwriting, enabling you to easily convert ink to
digital data – immediately.

"Oviatt's research points to the 'power of the pen' and the fact that Anoto
Live™ digital writing is not only easy to use for capturing and managing all
kinds of data, it also is a low-load interface that is performance enhancing"
said Stein Revelsby, CEO of Anoto Group AB. "Our solutions are widely
implemented across education, field services, healthcare, facilities, oil and
gas and many other industries around the world, and have transformed
handwriting into the digital age."

About Incaa Designs

Incaa Designs is the independent nonprofit that supports the research
described in The Design of Future Educational Interfaces. Ensuring that
educational technologies improve the learning opportunities and lives of all
people, our studies identify which technologies avoid expanding the
achievement gap between student groups that differ in gender, age, race,
cultural or language background, physical or cognitive disability status, and
related factors. For more information, please visit:

About Anoto Group

Anoto Group AB is a global leader in digital writing solutions, which enables
fast and reliable transmission of handwriting into a digital format. Anoto
operates worldwide through a global partner network that delivers
user-friendly digital writing solutions for efficient capture, transmission,
distribution and storage of data. Anoto is currently in use across multiple
business segments, e.g. healthcare, banking and finance, transportation and
logistics and education. The Anoto Group has over 100 employees and is
headquartered in Lund (Sweden). The company also has offices in Basingstoke,
Guildford and Wetherby (UK), Amsterdam (NL), Boston (US) and Tokyo (Japan).
The Anoto share is traded on the Small Cap list of NASDAQ OMX Stockholm under
the ticker ANOT. For more information, please visit:

For more information contact:
Karen Pantinas
Davies Murphy Group


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