Use Cases for WILLTM

Digital Education: Why handwriting matters in the classroom

Handwriting is linked to improved creativity, deeper understanding and better recall of materials – as research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience stated: It is a complex cognitive process involving neuro-sensory experiences and fine motor skills: feel the pen and paper, hold the pen, direct the pen movement by thought. Handwriting helps to learn reading, writing and spelling, to understand the underlying meaning of text and to formulate conclusions or inferences, to retrieve past information more accurate, to group and organize knowledge and experience into coherent patterns to draw inferences in new or unfamiliar situations, and last but not least, to use imagination or original ideas to solve problems or produce works of art.

WILL™ gives you the possibility to combine the best features and benefits of both analog and digital practices – without precedent:

Imagine a class where students and teacher share ink data in real-time by use of an interactive teaching app. During a presentation in class or group work everyone can comment, add drawings and enter notes via tablet and pen – and everyone can see who did the respective input thanks to the so-called unique pen ID. Teacher and students get a better idea of how the development process went und who made the major contributions. Furthermore, teachers can track how a student masters a work task. Based on this information, he can supply individual help to students, exactly focusing on the part where the student had problems.

The whole system is also open to integrate eChalk or Whiteboard software, thus enabling the teacher not only to work from his tablet or Laptop, but also using a board. The teacher becomes even more flexible in the way he chooses to work. Anything that is done during class is easily available to anyone. Once uploaded into the cloud after the session, it is much easier for students to re-work the material – whether they were in class or absent. Overall, teachers can save time, personalize learning and improve the quality of teaching which results in more engaged students with better academic results.


Identity Verification with WILL™: superior to traditional ink-on-paper systems

No people, no fingerprints, no handwriting samples are exactly the same. Your handwriting is unique to you. It can reveal a lot about your character, personality, abilities and more. More than 5,000 different personality traits can be derived from your handwriting. But more important, it can’t be faked or forged even though no two signatures are ever identical due to random fluctuations around a characteristic norm, progressive development of the average behavior, changes with age and circumstances. Nonetheless signatures have been long established for indicating assent in all areas of business and remain mandatory for a high proportion of business practices. They are an acceptable and trustworthy way of authenticating all written documents and business approvals. And even though digital technology and electronic document systems dominate wide areas of business, paper seem still unalterable – e.g. for signing process – as long as there was no solution for signing documents electronically.

With WILL™ you can offer a solution that is superior to traditional ink-on-paper systems that are expensive, inflexible and insecure. Signatures can be captured on a range of different capture devices as signature tablets, pen-enabled displays or mobile devices – instead of paper, added securely with a integrity hash and forensic signature data to a digital document – instead of printing and signing, and stored cheaply and instantly available worldwide – instead of scanning, mailing and archiving. WILL™ gives you the possibility to combine the best features and benefits of both analog and digital practices – to interact more quickly, freely and effectively than ever before:

Get a complete and accurate record of signing process: pen event data – position, pressure, angles, speed, acceleration, movement – and contextual data – signatory name, date, time, digitizer and more. This allows detailed assessment and comparison of signatures, which leads to electronic handwritten signatures as biometric signature verification. Wacom has succeeded in coping with the rise of comparison issues of behavioral biometrics by offering multiple options of authentication procedures (multiple signature enrolment, progressive enrolment, deferred enrolment) and the possibility of updating and modifying personal profiles to reduce errors.

Because the personal signature has always been strongly integrated in our social, legal and commercial lives, biometric signature verification applies as a universally accepted authentication method in the electronic age. Wacom’s eSignature is legally valid and can be combined with a trusted service to a qualified signature – though 95% of all transactions and business cases don’t even require such. Sign forms, get access rights, make cashless payments, buy train tickets, sign receipts, instruct money transfers, sign passports, make contracts in fields like banking, insurance, healthcare, telecommunications, real estate and much more. Your signature will be forgery-proof, look and feel like signing on paper and remain clearly on the screen even after hundreds of thousands of transactions – thanks to Wacom’s SDK and signature pads.


Multimodal Input: What your handwriting reveals about you

Applications utilizing Digital Ink and Multimodal Input with the capacity to record, analyze and present a broad range of data in real time – from timestamps to geolocation, emotional and handwritten data – offer a vast potential across a broad range of industry sectors, from education to psychology and medicine. For example, digital drawing tests recording time-stamped data, may allow an earlier diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease detecting previously imperceptible pauses, hesitations or uneven lines, and writing with varying pressure can be an indicator of high blood pressure, for instance, and erratically slanted letters can be a symptom of schizophrenia.

We are keen to harness the power of digital ink in collaboration with partners around the world:

Another example: Together with the California-based biosensor technology company NeuroSky, we have set up a system using a readily available hardware – a brainwave sensing headset, a notebook PC and a digital pen – that embeds brainwave data into handwritten digital ink and presents a visual display of the user’s emotional state. The software analyses EEG data using an algorithm that measures the intensity and pleasantness of emotional activity. The system detected cognitive states such as attention, meditation, familiarity and mental effort. This data is combined with digital ink data captured by the Bamboo Slate, Wacom’s digital stationery device that enables users to write with a pen on any type of paper and instantly digitize handwritten memos.

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