[NTLK] HWR and the Newton mentioned in a Tablet PC review

Ross Deihm adventuresindining at gmail.com
Tue Feb 5 22:38:35 EST 2013

I owned a Fujitsu Lifebook for a time. Fantastic hardware and
portability, poor batteries and difficulty finding replacements or
longer life options. Rarely did I ever find a chance to pull out the
pen and use it as a HWR device. It was armed with XP and the HWR was
awful. Even the pen felt infused with lag. Since this was not pressure
sensitive touch screen there was a noticeable and vaguely
uncomfortable feel to using the pen. Lack of pen types also
contributed to the limitations. The problem continues on newer devices
as well.

I'm sure there is a reason, but I don't know why no one considers
pressure sensitive displays as a viable input means. The friction of
the pen on screen and realistic instant display results with pin point
accuracy are far more desirable in my opinion.

Sorry for the rant, but I can't believe someone hasn't built a real
replacement for paper yet. Epaper with a pressure touch display
interface would make me a happy man. No software needed. Just be pages
and pages of anything I want to make, draw, write or dream that I can
send anywhere as email. No bloat or "featureware" stuffed inside. Just
keep it simple.

On 2/4/13, Lloyd Conway <doc_retro at juno.com> wrote:
> Hello, Newtonians:
>      Just a FYI - I was reading a review of the Fujitsu Lifebook T4410
> (having just bought one) and in discussing the stylus input feature, the
> author compares its' HWR capabilities to the MessagePad, stating that it
> works well:
> "Handwriting recognition
> There was a time when handwriting recognition was considered the centerpiece
> of pen and tablet computing. It was emphasized how everyone knows how to use
> pen and paper whereas far fewer are proficient with a keyboard. Alas, back
> then (in the early and mid 1990s) handwriting recognition didn't work nearly
> well enough to reliably recognize the vast variety of writing styles and so,
> after an initial period of enthusiasm, was widely dismissed.
> Well, Microsoft has quietly improved recognition over the years, and the
> Input Panel and recognition engine included in Windows 7 works amazingly
> well. You can now even do something which the old Apple Newton MessagePad
> introduced, and that is scratching out a word, the way we all do when we
> write on paper. So those who try handwriting reco will be in for a pleasant
> surprise. "
>   I
> http://www.ruggedpcreview.com/3_notebooks_fujitsu_t4410_full.html
>    I pass this on in case it is of interest to any of you.
> Regards,
> -Lloyd Conway
>  Charlotte, Michigan
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