The Apple [AAPL] tablet rumors have been going on for quite a while now, and we are still waiting on news from Apple on when, they will release an Apple tablet.
A new Apple patent has been revealed today shows a tablet like device that uses a pen as an input device for hand writing recognition, the tablet was filed with the patent office back in July 2009.
An ink manager running at a computer system receives ink information entered at a pen-based input/display device and accumulates the ink information into ink strokes. The ink manager communicates with a handwriting recognition engine and includes an ink phrase termination engine that is configured to detect the occurrence of one or more ink phrase termination events by examining the ink information.
Upon the occurrence of an ink phrase termination event, the ink manager notifies the handwriting recognition engine and organizes the preceding ink strokes into an ink phrase data structure. The ink manager may also pass the ink phrase to an application executing on the computer system that is associated with the ink information, and it, in response, may return a reference pointer and a recognition context to the ink manager.
We have no idea if Apple’s still rumored tablet will feature this technology, but they must be thinking about integrating this into a tablet device if they ever get around to launching one.
Unwired View via Gizmodo
Update 27th January 2010
Apple has officially unveiled the Apple Tablet and it is called the Apple iPad.
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