Anoto, a subsidiary of C Technologies, and Sanford, one of the world's leading pen producers to manufacture and distribu

Anoto, a subsidiary of C Technologies, and Sanford, one of the world's leading pen producers to manufacture and distribute writing instruments based on Anoto technology Sanford, one of the world's leading producers of writing instruments and Anoto, will collaborate to develop writing instruments featuring Anoto functionality. This will allow anyone writing with an Anoto-enabled Sanford pen on digital paper to have handwritten notes wirelessly transmitted to any electronic device. Sanford, part of the $6.2 billion Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NWL), has been making quality writing instruments for more than 140 years. Its products include Parker®, rotring®, and Waterman® fine writing instruments, Paper Mate® and Reynolds® branded products, and a stable of well-known marker products - Sharpie®, Accent®, Expo®, and Vis-à-Vis®. "Sanford is one of the leaders in the writing instrument's industry today", says Christer Fåhraeus, President of Anoto AB. "This collaboration is an exciting opportunity for both companies, allowing our technology to be widely spread while enabling Sanford to enter the digital and computing arena for the first time". "Sanford has long been known as a top of the line producer of quality writing instruments", says Bob Stoltz, Executive Vice President of Sanford International. "We are pleased to be able to extend our offerings of high quality products by utilizing Anoto's exciting technology that will truly allow handwritten communications to go digital". For further information, please contact: In Europe In the US Charlotte Laveson Nick Ludlum Anoto AB Fusion Public Relations P:+ 46 8 410 78 620 P:+ 1 212.651.4214 Email: charlotte.laveson@anoto.com Email: nick.Ludlum@fusionpr.com About Sanford Sanford, part of the $6.2 billion Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NWL), has been making quality writing products for more than 140 years. Today, Sanford is a worldwide leader in writing instruments and is well known for Sharpie® permanent markers -- the number-one selling permanent marker in the world, Accent® highlighters, Expo® dry-erase markers, Prismacolor® and Grumbacher® professional art products, Pink Pearl® erasers, Mirado® premium wood pencils, rotring® high-value writing instruments, Paper Mate®, Parker®, Waterman®, and Reynolds® writing instruments, and Liquid Paper® correction products. All are leaders within the stationery products industry. About The Anoto concept: The Anoto concept intuitively connects paper and pen with the digital world. The concept consists of a pattern that can be printed on any paper, a digital pen with Anoto functionality that can read the pattern and record the pressure and movement of the pen, advanced image processing and the information structure pinpointing the pen's position on the pattern and which service the user has chosen to activate. Everything that is written on digital paper with Anoto functionality is stored in the digital pen and forwarded by a Bluetooth-enabled device (e.g. a mobile phone) to any computer or mobile phone in the world. The digital pen with Anoto functionality uses ordinary ink, but unlike the ordinary ballpoint pen, it also has a "scanning eye" consisting of an infrared camera and an advanced image-processing unit. The pen contains a Bluetooth radio transceiver. When writing with an Anoto pen on a paper printed with the Anoto pattern, digital snapshots of the pattern are taken continuously. Every snapshot contains enough information to make a calculation of the exact position of the pen. A digital trace is thus created by the movement of the pen. The digital pen with Anoto functionality does not only record what was written, but also how it was done. The application can therefore be used to verify and identify who wrote. The pen records simultaneously position, speed, pressure on the paper and the exact time. The information is transmitted, via a mobile phone or computer, as a graphical e-mail, fax, SMS or input to databases assisted by the infrastructure provided by the Anoto concept. The Anoto concept will be used in a number of services and applications. Later this year basic services enabling handwritten text to be transmitted directly as a graphical e-mail, fax or SMS will be launched. It will also be possible to save handwritten notes and Post-it® notes in the computer. Additionally the concept enables a large number of vertical applications, such as placing electronic orders, for example from an advertisement in a magazine, or filling in case records, order sheets and forms. About Anoto: Anoto AB was founded in Lund, Sweden in late 1999 as a subsidiary of C Technologies AB, which is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange O-list (Attract 40). The company currently has about 170 employees working in offices in Lund, Stockholm, Boston, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Ericsson holds a minority stake in Anoto and is also represented on the board. Anoto AB has created a de facto standard for digital paper. The concept is built around converting mankind's most common way of communicating, through pen and paper. Proprietary patterns, advanced image processing, Bluetooth wireless technology and an information infrastructure enables Anoto's system. Hand-written notes written on ordinary paper turn digital through the almost invisible Anoto pattern and can be sent directly through a computer, mobile phone, PDA, palm device or a fax. Even services such as paper- based digital orders can be handled with only pen and paper. www.anoto.com About C Technologies: C Technologies AB (publ) was founded in 1996 and is a Swedish well- established high-technology company with cutting-edge expertise within the fields of digital camera technology, image processing and digital pens. The Company's primary product is the C-Pen digital pen, which has received several important international awards for best IT product. The C-Pen scans, stores, processes and transmits text to a PC, either by infrared or by cable. The pen can also translate, send e-mail, SMS and facsimiles as well as reading barcodes. The C Technologies Group currently has about 250 employees and offices located in Lund, Stockholm, Atlanta, Boston and Tokyo. Major shareholders include company founder Christer Fåhraeus, State Street Bank, Ericsson Mobile Communications and SEB Fonder. C Technologies' share is listed on the O- list of the OM Stockholm Exchange (Attract 40). The Group also comprises the subsidiaries Anoto AB and WeSpot AB. For more information visit our web site: www.ctechnologies.se or www.cpen.com ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by BIT http://www.bit.se

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