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WACOM Europe GmbH, in cooperation with Softpro, has developed a pen tablet which digitizes handwritten signatures in high quality directly when writing on a LC display. It is the first device using Wacom’s “Penabled” technology, which is specifically optimised to fulfil the needs of trustworthy signature verification. The partners presented their concept study for the first time to the world audience at the Cebit “Signature Pavilion.”

Tablet PCs and specially selected writing tablets or pen pads capture static images and dynamic (biometric) signals of a signature.

In February, Motion Computing and Softpro introduced new products for protecting doctors and hospitals from unnecessary costs while streamlining hospital operations. Electronic Patient Information Documentation using a Tablet PC and secured with biometric handwritten signatures was demonstrated at an Information Technology show in San Diego.

I wonder if educators can use an adaptation of the dynamic (biometric) signal analysis code as a diagnostic tool to assist learners with writing and related physical disabilities?

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.