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The LongPen is a remote signing device conceived of by writer Margaret Atwood in 2004 and debuted in 2006.[1] It allows a person to remotely write in ink anywhere in the world via tablet PC and the Internet and a robotic hand.[2] It also allows for an audio and video conversation between the endpoints, such as a fan and author, while a book is being signed.

The system was used by Conrad Black, who was under arrest, to "attend" a book signing event without leaving his home.[2]

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  1. ^ Atwood Sign of the Times Draws Blank
  2. ^ a b "The LongPen: From World-Famous Novelist to High-Tech Entrepreneur". Archived from the original on 2008-04-24. Retrieved 2008-05-08.