SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Canson is demonstrating the Mac version of PAPERSHOW at this week's Macworld Expo show. Giulia Carla Viovanelli, Product Manager, gave us a demonstration of this system which bridges the analog and digital worlds.
PAPERSHOW starts with a digital pen using the Anoto technology. The pen contains a small camera which reads its location on the paper via a special pattern detected by the pen. The pen then uses a Bluetooth radio to send the results to your Mac equipped with a USB Bluetooth key and PAPERSHOW software. The end result is that whatever you write with the pen will be recorded on the paper, but also shown on your Mac's screen, and stored on the USB key. You can then project what is on your screen with a projector, and even share it with others via remote collaboration software such as WebEx or GoToMeeting.
PAPERSHOW currently supports two applications. The first is digital flipcharts. As you write on the paper, what you draw also appears on the screen. If you'd like others to get involved, you can pass around the pad and pen. The pen has a range of about 8 feet, so you can move about. You can store the results on the USB key, so it can be shared with others. The second application is PowerPoint, where you load a presentation, display and flip through it, and annotate based on input from the group.
PAPERSHOW will be available for Mac in mid-March, with a price of US$199 for the starter kit.