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InPlay's FinePoint Subsidiary Launches Battery-Free Computing Pen Technology

Expands Product Line to Offer OEMs Choice of Self-Powered or Tablet-Powered Pen (April 20, 2006)

PHOENIX, April 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- InPlay Technologies (Nasdaq: NPLA) announced today that its FinePoint Innovations subsidiary has expanded its product line with the introduction of a patent-pending, battery-free computing pen system. Like FinePoint's self-powered pen technology, the new MagicPoint(R) 820 pen is a cordless, active RF digital pen versus the analog pen used with most pen computing systems in the tablet PC market today.

"The addition of the MagicPoint(R) 820 to our product line gives us a battery-free pen solution that the large tablet PC OEMs are accustomed to, and gives them the advantages of our Digital Signal Stream technology," said Stephen Caldwell, president, FinePoint Innovations.

"We see MagicPoint(R) digital signaling for tablet PC pen input as an enabling technology, much like the shift in cell phones from analog to digital. Digital signaling opens doors for hardware and software developers, as well as offering expanded security options," added Bob Brilon, CEO, InPlay Technologies.

The MagicPoint(R) system consists of a digitizer behind the LCD and digital writing pen. The MagicPoint(R) 820 digitizer powers the pen. This patent-pending technology is different than other digitizer-powered analog signal pen products in the market.

The MagicPoint(R) 820 is designed and engineered to optimize power consumption while maintaining high accuracy, high resolution and low noise performance.

"The MagicPoint(R) 820 is the next step in FinePoint's Digital Signal Stream pen technology roadmap. With our technology, we enable a variety of unique pen features, offering product differentiation to computer OEMs and increased functionality for end-users," Caldwell added.

FinePoint designs, develops and commercializes innovative pen-input solutions for builders of tablet PCs, computer peripheral products, POS terminals and kiosks. Its MagicPoint(R) technology enables very low power consumption of the notebook battery, and superior performance by using a digital RF communication path. Digital Stream Signaling offers greater accuracy and true pen-on-paper look and feel. OEMs also benefit with the ability to custom configure pen solutions, and a limitless digital technology roadmap for future feature enhancements. More information on MagicPoint(R) solutions can be found at

About InPlay Technologies

InPlay Technologies markets and licenses proprietary emerging technologies. The company was founded to commercialize its internally developed Duraswitch electronic switch technologies and has executed license agreements with switch manufacturers and OEMs worldwide. Today, Duraswitch patented technologies are in the controls of a wide range of commercial and industrial applications. InPlay expanded its portfolio of technologies with the acquisition of FinePoint Innovations, a developer of pen computing products for tablet PCs and computer peripherals. FinePoint's digital solution is the computing pen and digitizer for a major computer OEM's newly launched line of convertible notebooks. Visit for more information.

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