Sunday, June 3, 2007

Take Note: Computing Takes Up Pen, Again

SAN FRANCISCO, May 29 — For more than two decades, the dream of
controlling a computer with a pen has seduced and, more often than not,
frustrated some of the biggest luminaries in the technology pantheon,
including Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.

Mr. Marggraff, a longtime executive at the toy maker LeapFrog, is
the inventor behind a string of talking books, smart pens and other
educational toys that have made their way into millions of American

His new company, Livescribe, which he plans to introduce
today at the D: All Things Digital technology conference in Carlsbad,
Calif., has taken some of those technologies several steps further. It
has created an ambitious new type of pen-based computer system that, if
successful, could bridge the gap between paper and the digital world
and perhaps even change the way millions of people interact with the

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