MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Interview with DSC Contributor Member Samsung Electronics

Please introduce yourself briefly.

I’m currently a member of the Digital Stationery Consortium (DSC) Board of Directors. As the partnership manager of Mobile Communications business at Samsung Electronics, I play a key role in the development of S Pen-enabled products. Samsung’s extensive research in the field of pen input solutions in mobile devices contributed to the successful commercialization of the first Samsung Galaxy Note in 2011. Ever since that time, the company has been committed to the role of R&D for digital ink-related technologies such as the S Pen (Stylus Pen).

What is Digital Stationery’s impact on Samsung’s business and products?

The S Pen is a unique device to advance creativity in our mobile products like the Galaxy Note series. Live messaging with the S Pen makes every message more personal. Users can draw their own emojis, make animated GIFs or write handwritten messages on photos. With the S Pen’s smart select feature, users can select a section of a video and share it with friends directly or on social media. As part of the DSC, we want to make sure that users get more benefits and value from using digital ink technology innovations like the S Pen.

Samsung has joined the Digital Stationery Consortium (DSC) at the Contributor level. What first brought you to the DSC, and why did you decide to become a member?

Samsung and Wacom have been partners for more than seven years, and our goal has always been to deliver digital ink innovations that enhance digital stationery experiences. We’ve been focused on advancing digital ink technology as well as exploring new customer use cases.

We joined the DSC after hearing the DSC Chairman’s vision for the emerging digital stationery market at a Connected Ink event. By collaborating with the members of the DSC, we can achieve our goal to unlock creativity for the average user in new ways.

We encourage others to join this movement to make the world a more creative place.

Would other types of companies benefit from joining the DSC?

Any company that is interested in pushing the boundaries of digital ink to enable users to be more creative with new digital stationery experiences would benefit from membership in the DSC. The goal of the DSC is to allow people to do more with their digital ink, pens, and papers — to get more creative and express themselves digitally in innovative ways.

The digital ink technology is so much more than just software for a writing instrument when it’s adapted for a universal digital ink platform. Pen manufacturers, stationery manufacturers, and software developers that are interested in contributing to the digital ink world should consider becoming DSC members.

Joohoon Lee is currently the vice chair of the DSC Technology Work Group. Please tell us a little bit about what the group is working on and who should get involved?

My colleague, Joohoon Lee, is vice chair of the DSC’s Technology Work Group, and the principal engineer leading writing technology solutions for the Mobile Communications business at Samsung Electronics. In the Technology Work Group, we are investigating and discussing how universal digital ink can be combined with or integrated into upcoming, trending technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), and Virtual Reality (VR). As part of the Work Group, members are working to establish digital ink as a universal, open and smart content format based on the Wacom Ink Layer Language (WILL™). WILL’s digital ink technology ensures cross-compatibility of ink data, allowing businesses and consumers to freely communicate and collaborate across digital devices, operating systems, hardware platforms and cloud services.

To evaluate technologies, the work group is initiating a proof of concepts, such as investigating a prototype for digital ink in new technologies such as AI, AR, VR, Deep Learning, cloud, or multi-modal sensor-technologies. We encourage everyone to read the white paper titled New Business Opportunities Fueled by the Emerging Digital Stationery Market. The white paper examines universal digital ink technology’s role in enabling new digital stationery market opportunities for innovators across a wide range of verticals, including technology, design, education, automotive, Internet of Things and more. Authored by industry analyst Dr. Jon Peddie of Jon Peddie Research (JPR), who brings nearly three decades of graphics and digital technology expertise, the DSC-commissioned white paper is available to all and can be download for free from the DSC website at https://dsc20.wpengine.com/white-paper.