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Chapter 14. Sound, Movies, Speech, and H... > Inkwell: Handwriting Recognition

14.6. Inkwell: Handwriting Recognition

Apple spent a lot of money on the Newton, its mid-'90s handheld computer that never really took off. Bigger, heavier, and much more expensive than the Palm (which followed soon after), the Newton was a case of good technology, bad timing.

Never let it be said that Steve Jobs doesn't know how to hunt for bargains. In the same way that your grandmother turned yesterday's dinner into today's sandwich (and tomorrow's soup), Apple has recycled the Newton handwriting technology and added it to Mac OS X 10.2. It's now called Inkwell, and it does exactly what it used to: turns your handwriting into "typed" text in any program.


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