In this picture of the
"Quanta," the handwriting recognition capabilities are hinted at. The lack of words on
the screen may indicate that the software hasn't been perfected yet
however.The pen no doubt serves a dual function, one
as a 'mouse' type pointer device and the other for writing.
The first Newton's to appear on the market so long ago had
a lots of difficulties with handwriting recognition - to the point that
one programmer called the software a "random word generator." Technology
has advanced significantly from 1993, but getting a computer to adapt to
human writing has always been a challenge, hopefully one that Transmeta
has the handle on.