What is WILL™ 3.0 technology?
Wacom Ink Layer Language (WILL™), the leading standard for visualizing and storing digital ink data is evolving. WILL™ 3.0 Universal Ink opens up a whole new world of digital ink opportunities.
With WILL™ 3.0, the meta data contained within the digital ink can be fully exploited in the real world, as well as in augmented and virtual reality, in use cases across art, design, science, music and other disciplines.
There are multiple application areas for you to explore that can make voice assistant searches smarter, improve security, and open the door to new levels of creativity.
WILL™ Features & capabilities
WILL™ is instantly beautiful
WILL™ SDKs feature high-performance writing and sketching tools. Their frameworks provide high performance capturing, conversion to digital ink data and various exchange and collaboration options. Fast, realistic ink rendering creates the most natural writing feel, with a direct response on screen. Visually aesthetic natural stroke dynamics further enhance the user experience.
Note: The demo is only optimized for desktop browsers with WebGL support.
WILL™ powers seamless collaboration
WILL™ provides apps with sharing capabilities for a common ink data format that users can edit from anywhere and exchange between applications, cloud platforms, services and across ecosystems. The result? Simple, seamless collaboration.
WILLTM 3.0 enables ink meaning to be understood
WILL™ 3.0 connects digital ink to the semantic context of its creation and creator, linking it to the meaning of the electronic ink strokes as they are formed. This creates applications in four distinct but related areas:
Metadata: WILL™ 3.0 enriches ink documents the author’s metadata (name, profession, organization, etc.) if it is requested, and the meaning of what has been written. Thus, it enables an application to understand whether a document containing the word WILL is a description of the Wacom Ink Layer Language technology, an article about the actor Will Smith, or a legal testament.
Analysis: By understanding the semantic meaning behind the ink strokes, voice assistant searches become much smarter. For example, a voice command could call up relating to the ‘Wacom’ company or concept. Or, recognizing that you have written SDC 2018 in a note on your device, a voice assistant could proactively ask you if you need a hotel for the event.
By recognizing the meaning of handwritten inputs, your device would also understand whether the note you have made is a mathematical equation, a chemical formula, or a musical score.
Action: The encoding of semantics within WILL™ 3.0 also enables important events to be added to your calendar, or a contact from your address book being recognized and you can automatically send a copy of your meeting minutes.
Machine Learning: The machine learning capabilities enabled by WILL™ 3.0 can allow your device to search for an existing image on the Web that matches a quick sketch you have created on your device.
WILL™ is biometrically accurate
Personalized ink data lets you replicate a realistic signing process with embedded metadata: coordinates and time of signing, the device and pen used for signing, or the position, pressure and angles of the pen on the pad – and more. Biometric Ink is independent of the device the user writes on, or the operating system it uses.
WILL™ 3.0 technology offers biometric ink functionality that complements other security measures perfectly. By capturing and storing raw biometric handwriting data, WILL™ 3.0 helps establish a signature profile and collect history about how signatures change over time. Moreover, the biometric ink data created is standardized, regardless of the device or operating system used.
By establishing whether the variance in an electronic handwritten signature over time is within normal limits or not, signature verification becomes significantly more accurate. When there is any doubt, another authentication method such as an iris scan, to confirm the identity of the user.
WILL 3.0 Universal Ink for AR and VR
WILL™ 3.0 can also be used for 3D inking applications in augmented and virtual reality environments. The relative depth of different pen strokes made within an AR or VR environment is displayed as they are created. These AR 3D ink strokes can also be recorded and saved as a video file for sharing with others via multiple communication channels.
If you have great ideas about new applications that leverage the semantic, biometric or 3D characteristics of WILL™ 3.0 Universal Ink, we’d love to support you in realizing them!
Contact us now to discuss joining the WILL™ 3.0 private beta program.
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