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Photos: Digital pens at work

A number of public-sector organizations in the U.K. have been experimenting with digital pen-and-paper technology.
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Digital pens are starting to take off in the U.K. public sector. The pens digitally capture information written on specially printed paper that features a dot pattern. A tiny camera determines the pen's location on a page and can store up to 40 pages of text.

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Greenwich social workers say the pens fit in with their normal working patterns and don't create a barrier in the way laptops do.

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This style of pen is being used by road test examiners before a larger-scale trial next year.

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