Send handwritten notes via your mobile

Motorola has launched a version of its iSKETCH technology that can be downloaded from the Internet into PalmOS-based mobile devices.

iSKETCH is a digital ink compression and encryption technology that allows users to create and transmit small handwritten notes, sketches and signatures between mobile devices, or between a mobile device and a desktop via email. The software is available for immediate download at Palmgear and Handango.

An enhanced version of iSKETCH, which includes encryption, more shapes, colours, animation, and text encoding, is already available for license to software developers and system integrators.

The iSKETCH software compressor/decompressor (CODEC) has been ported to many mobile devices, such as PDAs, smart phones, and the Palm handheld devices. The software uses lossless compression, which allows it to be used in conjunction with a signature verification server or a handwriting recogniser at a later time.

International Data Corporation estimates that nearly 15 million PDAs will be sold this year, a figure that will more than double by 2004. The Palm OS and Palm OS-based products are licensed to the majority of PDA makers, including Handspring, Sony, Kyocera, Samsung, Nokia, Symbol Technologies, and TRG.

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