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"The world is really so surreal these days that it's necessary for us to blunt it somehow in order to stay sane. The artist functions to short-circuit the buffering mechanism, so that people can occasionally perceive the weirdness of things as they are."
- William Gibson

Transmit-Paper  
  Paper form with a built-in capability to transmit the information written with a stylus to a remote computer network.  

This is a great idea; Herbert anticipated by about thirty years the products that have recently come out to allow you to write on a pad of paper, and then have the information transmitted to a Pocket PC or other device.

Lewis Orne ... stared darkly out of his second-story window at a Hamal morning.

Behind him there was the sound of a scratchy stylus rasping across transmit-paper as the Investigation-Adjustment operative made notes on the interview they had just completed. The paper was transmitting a record of the words to the operative's waiting ship.

From The Godmakers, by Frank Herbert.
Published by Berkley Medallion in 1972
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The modern day devices work in an opposite fashion; rather than the paper gathering and transmitting the information, the pen is often used to perform these functions. The pen is then synched up with software on your personal computer.

Logitech's io pen lets you write on special paper with an invisible grid of dots on its surface. A sensor in the pen tracks your writing motions; the software in your personal computer interprets the motions and provides a graphic image of your writing (or sketching). You might also want to see the entry for mediatron.

Also, check out the Siemen's PenPhone, which has the same interface - in reverse.

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  - Siemens PenPhone Watches While You Write
  - Cypak Disposable Paper Computer With RFID Antenna
  - MIT 'Quickies' RFID Transmit Paper

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