A Toronto-based control engineering company,
Quanser Consulting Inc, will see its cutting-edge technology bring the
revolutionary LongPen autographing device to life this weekend at the first
ever transatlantic author signing event. The highly-anticipated launch of
LongPen takes place at a Toronto literary festival on Sunday, September 24,

The event features a one-on-one book-signing between Edinburgh, Scotland
and Toronto by internationally-renowned Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood, who
conceived the idea for LongPen and founded a company called Unotchit to turn
her idea into a reality. Quanser played a key role in the development of the
device, by designing and producing the Freehand Script Reproduction Robot at
the heart of the LongPen system.

WHERE: Word on the Street festival, Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario,
Location: LongPen Tent – Booth D (North-east corner of Queen’s
Park Circle)

WHEN: Sunday, September 24, 2006 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. Book signing with Kate Mosse from London, England
1:00 p.m. Book signing with Margaret Atwood from Edinburgh,
3:00 p.m. Book signing with Thomas Cahill, from New York
City, USA

WHO: Dr. Jacob Apkarian, Quanser Founder & CTO, and Paul Gilbert,
Quanser CEO, will be available for interviews regarding the
robotic and real-time control technology behind LongPen.

Founded in 1990, Quanser Consulting Inc is a world leader in the
innovation and development of advanced control systems for industry, education
and research. Quanser provides flexible, real-time solutions for complex
control problems – from design to manufacture to implementation – taking
concepts, products and research to the leading edge. Quanser’s
state-of-the-art control technology is currently employed worldwide in a
diverse range of applications, including aerospace, robotics, medical
assistive devices and the emerging field of haptics.